Man confessed to Washington state mall shooting: court documents

Arcan Cetin, 20, has confessed to killing five people in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, prosecutors said in court documents filed on Monday.
Arcan Cetin, 20, has confessed to killing five people in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, prosecutors said in court documents filed on Monday.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOUNT VERNON (REUTERS) - A 20-year-old man confessed to killing five people in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, prosecutors said in court documents filed on Monday.

Turkish-born Arcan Cetin, a legal United States permanent resident, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Monday in a brief hearing in Skagit County District Court in Mount Vernon, Washington and ordered held on $2 million bail.

According to charging documents, while being questioned by investigators, Cetin admitted bringing a rifle into a Macy's store in Burlington on Friday evening and shooting five people.

Cetin was taken into custody without incident on Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, about 30 miles (48km) southwest of Burlington.

Cetin was described at the time of his arrest as "zombie-like" and a motive for the shooting remains unclear. The FBI previously said it had no indication the attack was a"terrorism act" but it could not rule out the possibility.

Police allege Cetin opened fire in the cosmetics section of a Macy's department store at Cascade Mall, killing four women and a man.

Surveillance video showed Cetin entering the mall without a rifle but he was later spotted on video in the store brandishing a weapon, police said. The rifle was recovered at the mall.

The attack followed a series of violent outbursts at shopping centres across the US, including the stabbing of nine people at one in Minnesota on Sep 17.