Suspect arrested in Washington mall shooting that killed 5

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A 20-year-old suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five people dead, authorities said.

Police said Arcan Cetin was arrested in Oak Harbor at around 6:30 p.m. while walking down the street — one night after the shooting at Burlington's Cascade Mall sparked a massive search for the suspect.

Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he had spotted Cetin from a patrol car and recognized him as the suspect.

"I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. "We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze."

Hawley added that Cetin was unarmed, "said nothing" and was arrested without incident.

"He was just kind of zombie-like," Hawley told reporters.

Photo of Cetin from security footage and reactions:

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This late Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, image from video by KIRO7 photographer Jeff Ritter shows suspected Cascade Mall shooter Arcan Cetin at Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon, Wash., after his arrest in Oak Harbor, Wash., earlier in the evening. Investigators on Sunday tried to piece together information on the 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shootings who was apprehended after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. (Jeff Ritter/KIRO7.com via AP)
Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor is seen in a Washington State Department of Licensing photo released by the Washington State Patrol after they announced his capture in relation to a mass shooting in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
An image taken from security video shows the gunman who opened fire in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington on Friday night, and who is still at large, released by the Washington State Patrol, September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are seen at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Authorities are shown at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight
Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bellingham SWAT officers are seen at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Medics wait to gain access to the Cascade Mall after four people were shot dead in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 23: Police attend the Cascade Mall after three women were reportedly shot dead and a man critically injured following a shooting at the shopping center on September 23, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. The suspect is believed to still be at large. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 23: The scene outside the Cascade Mall as people are evacuated on buses after three women were reportedly shot dead and a man critically injured following a shooting at the shopping center on September 23, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. The suspect is believed to still be at large. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Medics wait to gain access to the Cascade Mall after four people were shot dead in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 24, 2016. Sgt Mark Francis/Washington State Patrol/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BURLINGTON, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Ariel Pantoja, 19, Bayley Morrow, 18 and Makayla Bentley, 18, light candles at a makeshift memorial outside the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. Around 20 people gathered to honor the five victims who were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington yesterday. It has been reported that the gunman has been taken into custody. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
Rachel Marsh, 15, right, and Selena Orozco, 15, left, light candles as they attend a prayer service, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. The service was held in reaction to Friday's fatal shooting of several people at a Macy's department store at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington, Wash. Both girls said they knew one of the victims of the shooting. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Law enforcement investigate a deadly shooting in the Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. A gunman opened fire in the crowded mall north of Seattle, killing several people and critically wounding another before fleeing Friday night, authorities said. Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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A motive in the shooting is still under investigation, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris 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.

"We're only about a couple hours from taking him into custody, and the next stage right now is to do those interviews and learn more from him, if he's willing to share that with us," Cammock said.

Officials previously said it appears the gunman acted alone and they have no indication it was terrorism.

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," Cammock said.

Four female victims were pronounced dead that evening, and a male victim later died at a local hospital. The victims' names and ages have not been released.

Investigators believe Cetin escaped the mall in a car, touching off a massive manhunt that stretched for nearly 24 hours. Authorities warned locals to stay indoors and be vigilant while the gunman remained on the loose.

Cammock said Saturday night that authorities were tracing the ownership of the rifle used in the shooting, which was recovered at the scene.

He added that Cetin has not yet been formally charged but will be held at the Skagit County Jail under an investigative hold while prosecutors review the case.

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.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee praised law enforcement and said the entire state stands with the community of Burlington. "Our hearts are in Burlington tonight," he said.

Before the arrest was announced, dozens of people attended a prayer service for the victims of the mall shooting.

The Saturday evening gathering was held at Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The Rev. Cody Natland lit five candles on a table in front of the church, one for each victim.

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