Washington mall shooter confesses to killings, had no militant contact: sources
Fourth Estate Staff
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The gunman who killed five people at a Macy’s store in a mall in Washington reportedly confessed to the killings and that he had no militant connection.
The man, Arcan Cetin , is charged with five counts of murder. He was arraigned on Monday and his bail was set at $2 million. Each count of the murder is punishable with 20 years to life in prison and a fine up to $50,000. He is ordered to be back in court this October 26.
According to Mount Vernon Police Department regarding Cetin confessing to the killings, “During a post Miranda interview with detectives, Cetin said that it was him in the video and he did bring the rifle into Macy’s and shot all 5 victims.”
Accordingly, Cetin went to the mall with no weapon but a gun was recovered at the scene. He reportedly walked into the mall via a Chuck E. Cheese family entertainment and pizza restaurant, went back out to his car, got the weapon from his trunk, then went into the Macy’s store. He is accused of using a Ruger 10/22 with a 25-round magazine. His father said that his Ruger 10/22 was missing as well as some ammunition.
The 20-year-old man, who is of Turkish descent, remains in Skagit County Jail. The manhunt for Cetin lasted for almost 24 hours and he was arrested when he was walking near his home. Accordingly, more than 250 tips via phone calls and emails were received leading to his arrest.
Authorities have not yet identified the motive of Cetin and as of Monday, they have not ruled out terrorism although sources familiar with the matter are saying that Cetin did not act due to being urged by a militant group such as the Islamic State.
The victims have been identified as a high school sophomore named Sarai Lara, a cancer survivor, a 52-year-old Macy’s make-up artist named Shayla Martin, a father-of-two named Chuck Eagan, a retired probation officer, 64-year-old Belinda Galde , and her mother, 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson.
Cetin was arrested last year for simple assault. His father noted that he saw his son hours before the shooting and that they have been having a falling out as of recent.
Cetin also reportedly had an ex-girlfriend working for Macy’s but not at the store where the shooting took place.
The investigation continues.