Washington shopping mall shooter found dead in prison

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A shooter charged with killing five people at a Washington state shopping mall in 2016 has died in an apparent suicide.

Turkish immigrant Arcan Cetin, 20, was found unresponsive after hanging himself inside his jail cell at the Snohomish County jail Sunday night, according to Rosemary Kaholokula, chief criminal deputy prosecutor in Skagit County.

Cetin had been charged with killing four women and one man at the Cascade Mall on Sept. 23, 2016. Local NBC News affiliate KING-5 reported that he used three guns in the attack, all of which had been legally purchased by Cetin’s father, and which he stole.

DennisMichaelLynch.com previously reported:

Cetin was arrested almost exactly 24 hours after his alleged victims were shot at the mall Macy’s makeup counter. The four female victims died in the store. The male victim died early Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building.

He later admitted to the crimes but did not offer an explanation on what motivated him to go on a killing spree.

According to his family members, Cetin suffered from psychiatric problems. He was being held in Snohomish County for about a month awaiting results of a second mental competency evaluation, a hearing for which had been scheduled for next week.

“From our perspective, (Cetin) did not let justice take its course,” Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney Rich Weyrich told the Skagit Valley Herald.

“Some (of the victims’ families) may have a great relief that it’s over; some may feel cheated.”

The family of one of Cetin’s victims, Chuck Eagan, offered their condolences and forgiveness saying, “We pray that the man repented to God before his death. While this event puts to rest our fear of his release, we harbor no ill will towards Mr. Cetin or his family and pray for their comfort as we know all too well the pain of grief.”

The other victims were Sarai Lara, 16, and Shayla Martin, 52, both of Mount Vernon; Belinda Galde, 64, of Arlington; and Galde’s mother, Beatrice Dotson, 95, of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Cetin had a history of violent behavior and faced three domestic violence assault charges in both Burlington and Island County, with the victim identified as Cetin’s stepfather. He had also been arrested for drunk driving.

Court records show Cetin was told by a judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm, The Seattle Times reported. However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was “going through a hard time.”

He came to the United States from Turkey as a child, on a green card, but was not a U.S. citizen. However, it was discovered after the killings that he had illegally voted in three election cycles, beginning in 2014.

Cetin’s ex-girlfriend originally told authorities that his father allegedly had connections to “bad people in Turkey,” then she later denied it and claimed his relatives did not have ties to terror groups, according to police reports.

H/T: New York Post 

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