Washington police have taken a 20-year-old suspect into custody for a fatally shooting five people in a mall on Friday.
The authorities arrested Arcan Cetin in Oak Harbor, Washington, on Saturday night, after Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley recognized the suspect while on patrol.
“I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out,” Hawley said during a news conference on Saturday. “We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze.”
The shootings took place in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, on Friday evening.
Witnesses heard gunshots at the mall around 7 p.m. local time, Seattle station KIRO 7 reported. Police said four people died at the mall, and a fifth died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle early Saturday morning.
Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis released a photo of the suspect on Twitter early Saturday morning and said he was last seen walking toward Interstate 5.
Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter. Notify authorities if you see him. Armed with rifle. pic.twitter.com/GXeWCPYnx5
— Trooper H. Axtman (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald she heard “what sounded like four balloons popping” while in a Macy’s dressing room.
“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store.”
The shooting came a week after a stabbing attack left 10 people injured at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.