Courtesy: NBC News

WA mall shooting suspect charged with first degree murder

Courtesy: NBC News

Burlington, Wash. — Authorities in Washington have captured a suspect in the mall shootings that killed five Friday night. Arcan Cetin, 20, was arrested around 6:30 PM Saturday night, after authorities received a tip.

Cetin is facing five counts of first-degree murder, according to Skagit County jail records. He will appear Monday in the county’s district court.

Police said Cetin opened fire several times at the Cascade Mall near Seattle. Four female victims were pronounced dead Friday night, and one male victim died at the hospital later on Saturday morning.

Lieutenant Mike Hawley was headed to an area that he heard the suspect had been seen, when they saw Cetin.

“I saw an individual walking northbound on the sidewalk, and I instantly recognized him as the person I just viewed on my computer,” Hawley said. “I did an abrupt U-turn, hit my lights, pulled my gun, and myself and Reserve Deputy Eric Rambaugh took the individual into custody.”

Police later identified a suspect vehicle from additional surveillance video that also pointed to Cetin.

Officials said it is too soon in the investigation to determine a motive in the shooting.

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