Sunday, September 25, 2016
Macy's store shooter identified
Police said Arcan Cetin (20) was arrested in Oak Harbor at around 6:30 p.m. (Saturday night) while walking down the street — one night after the shooting at Burlington's Cascade Mall sparked a massive search for the suspect.
The tragedy unfolded on Friday night at the Macy's department store. Security footage showed the suspect entering the mall, apparently without a weapon. Footage from about 10 minutes later showed him entering Macy's with a rifle and firing "multiple times," Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said.
Four female victims were pronounced dead that evening, and a male victim later died at a local hospital.
A motive in the shooting is still under investigation, Cammock, part of a multi-agency task force, said at a news conference Saturday night. When asked whether authorities were considering terrorism as a possible motive, Cammock said he wasn't ruling anything out. However, he cautioned that it was "just too early to tell" and said his response doesn't mean the investigation is going in that direction. Officials previously said it appears the gunman acted alone and they have no indication it was terrorism.
Cetin — an immigrant from Turkey — is a legal permanent resident of the United States and lives in Oak Harbor, according to police. He was arrested in Island County last year on a case of simple assault.
Cammock said investigators are in touch with Cetin's family and police have a good working relationship with them.
As I hinted in my earlier article, as long as the shooter was considered a Hispanic or non-Muslim, terrorism was not considered. But now that he is from Turkey, and may actually be a Muslim, quickly the talk of terrorism has emerged.
What do you call this attitude - double standards?