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Macy's shootings suspect 'like a zombie' when arrested

Harriet Alexander

Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30

Accused; Arcan Cetin. Photo: AP
Accused; Arcan Cetin. Photo: AP

A 20-year-old Turkish man is expected to appear in court today on charges of killing five people at a Macy's department store in Washington state, as the FBI said it was not ruling out an act of terrorism.

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Arcan Cetin, from Oak Harbor, Washington, offered no resistance when he was arrested on Saturday night, saying nothing and appearing to be in a "zombie-like" state, police said.

On Friday night he had entered a branch of Macy's at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 100km north of Seattle, and opened fire at the make-up counter.

He killed four women, aged 16 to 95, instantly. A fifth victim, a man who was airlifted from the scene, died later.

Cetin, who emigrated from Turkey as a child, had a violent past, had been arrested for drunk driving and was recommended by a judge not to be allowed to own a firearm. Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges, with the victim identified as his stepfather.

Cetin was told by an Island County district court judge in December that he could no longer own a firearm. However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, which would require him to surrender his gun, saying his stepson was "going through a hard time".

Cetin's social media postings gave little hint of extremist tendencies , with his Twitter feed musing over Miley Cyrus, Turkish food, and the videogame Halo.

The previous month he had tweeted "we win I vote for Hillary Clinton" - his only political reference.

However, in April 2015, Mr Cetin had shown a flash of anger, tweeting: "Crazy how when you crack open someone's shell they're everything you spent your time running from."

Police on Saturday were unable to confirm reports he had yelled a woman's name before opening fire. It was unclear whether he knew his victims. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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