Published On: Sun, Sep 25th, 2016

Washington State Gun Attack Suspect in Custody

A suspect sought over a fatal gun attack at a shopping centre in Washington state on Friday has been captured, police say.

Washington State Gun Attack

Police have named him as Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, Washington, a town south-west of Burlington where the shooting happened.

Five people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside Macy’s department store at Cascade Mall.

The FBI said there is no evidence that the shooting was linked to terrorism.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis confirmed the arrest on Twitter and later released a photo of the suspect.

Details of the arrest have not been released but it is understood to have taken place in Oak Harbor. Police said a news conference would be held later.

Police launched a huge manhunt after the shooting, releasing a blurred photo of the suspect at the scene.

The motive for the shooting is unclear.

Three women and a girl were killed inside Macy’s while a man later died in hospital.

The Seattle Times reported that the youngest victim was 16-year-old Sarai Lara, who had survived cancer as a young child.

Her mother described her as a happy, responsible, driven student.

Police say security cameras showed the suspect entering the shopping centre without a weapon. Ten minutes later the video shows the suspect entering Macy’s with a rifle.

The gunman had fled the scene by the time police arrived.

A prayer service for the victims was held on Saturday evening at the Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

Five candles, one for each victim, were lit on a table in front of the church.

Burlington is about 65 miles (105km) north of Seattle.