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US mall shooting: Assailant confesses, charged with five counts of murder

Cetin admitted bringing a Ruger .22 calibre rifle into the Macy's department store at Cascade Mall and fatally shooting five people. In photo: Arcan Cetin appears for his arraignment on September 26, 2016. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Washington, United States Sep 26, 2016, 09.35 PM (IST)
Arcan Cetin has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder after he confessed to killing five people in a shooting rampage at a mall in Washington, Reuters reported.

The 20-year-old appeared in Skagit county district court in Mount Vernon, Washington on Monday morning and the bail was set on $2 million.

Skagit County District Attorney Richard Weyrich declined to discuss a motive for the shooting rampage, Reuters reported. The Federal Bereau of Investigation said there was no sign that the incident was an act of terrorism but haven't ruled out the possibility.

Turkish-born Arcan Cetin, a legal US resident, walked into the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle and began shooting at about 7 pm local time on Friday, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter. Cetin fled after the attack. He was captured by the police on Saturday evening about 48 km from where the deadly shooting occurred.

Wearing red and blue jail garb and shackled at the waist, Cetin showed no emotion and spoke only to respond "yes, your honour" several times to the judge, Reuters said.

Cetin admitted to bringing a .22 calibre rifle into the Macy's department store at Cascade Mall in Burlington on Friday evening and fatally shooting five people.

Weyrich told reporters that the prosecutors have not yet decided if they will be asking for death penalty in the case.

This latest attack took place only a few days after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot dead on September 17.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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