The man who killed five people at a mall in Washington state last September was found hanging in his jail cell Sunday evening in an apparent suicide, according to prosecutor Rich Weyrich.
On September 23, 20-year-old Arcan Cetin shot a teenage girl, a man and three women in a department store at Cascade Mall in Burlington, north of Seattle, according to police, who said he was in a “zombie-like” state when he was apprehended the next day. He was found near his home in Oak Harbor, which is 30 miles from the crime scene.
Court documents show that Cetin admitted to shooting victims Sarai Lara, 16, of Mount Vernon; Shayla Martin, 52, of Mount Vernon; Belinda Galde, 64, and her mother, 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson, both of Arlington; and Wilton ‘Chuck’ Eagan, 61, of Lake Stevens.
According to court records, “Cetin had stolen three legally purchased guns from his father and drove to Macy’s where his ex-girlfriend once worked and started shooting before dumping the weapons and escaping on foot.”
Rosemary Kaholokula, Skagit County’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said that Cetin had been evaluated by doctors at Western State Hospital, and his defense was planning to have him evaluated by another mental health expert. He had been held in the Snohomish County Jail for approximately one month, waiting for the results of a mental competency evaluation.
A former classmate, Uhlaine Finnigan, 19, of Washington described Cetin as “a loner” who appeared to her to be troubled. “I didn’t think he’d take it as far as mass murder, but I knew he was trouble,” she said, noting that she had been planning to go to Cascade Mall the night of the rampage, but then changed her mind.
Court records show that Cetin previously attempted suicide by swallowing medication in November 2015 and was already identified as at serious risk of self-harm.
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