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Mall shooting leaves 5 dead; authorities speculate on motive

APTOPIX Mall Shooting Burlington

Five people were left dead after a gunman opened fire in a mall north of Seattle. Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old man, was arrested without incident on Saturday, Sept. 25, following a massive manhunt.

Four women and a man were gunned down on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash. Police released surveillance footage of the suspect entering the mall apparently unarmed and then, about 10 minutes later, entering a Macy’s department store with a rifle.

CNN reported that police recovered a rifle at the mall but the authorities would not disclose the type or caliber.

Authorities are working to uncover the motivation for the killing. The fact that the gunmen shot a handful of people before fleeing is unusual for mass killings of this sort. Authorities are unsure if the suspect knew the victims.

“I don’t know what his motivation was,” Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock told CNN. “I don’t know what his motivation was to continue, I don’t know what his motivation was to stop, but I certainly intend to find out.”

A spokesman for the F.B.I.’s Seattle field office said that there was no evidence to suggest that the shooting was an act of terrorism.

Cetin immigrated from Turkey, but is a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Authorities were unclear on when he moved to the country.

Lt. Michael Hawley of the Island County Sheriff’s Office told the New York Times that he had received a report that Cetin’s car was less than a mile from his office and when he investigated the scene, he discovered Cetin walking down the street. Cetin had a bag with a computer inside and was in a “zombielike” state when he was taken into custody, according to the lieutenant.

The shooting has left many citizens rattled, as the Pacific Northwest is forced to endure yet another spree shooting.

“The city of Burlington has probably changed forever,” Mayor Steve Sexton said. “This is a senseless act. It was the world knocking on our doorstep, and it came to our little community here.”

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