Here’s What You Need To Know About Suspected Washington Mall Shooter

The authorities described Arcan Cetin as quiet and “zombie-like” while his former high school classmates called him “sexist” and “weird.”


Following the tragic mass shooting at the Macy’s in Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, which claimed five lives while injuring several others, the law enforcement officers arrested 20-year-old suspected shooter, Arcan Cetin, on Saturday night without an incident.

“He said nothing. He was just, ah, kind of zombie-like, is about the best I can describe for him,” said Lt. Michael Hawley.

The police captured Cetin, who was initially described as Hispanic based on a blurry surveillance image, around 30 miles away from where the shooting took place a day earlier. He was unarmed and had parked his car just half a mile from the Island County Sheriff’s Office.


Cetin’s victims included 16-year-old cancer survivor Sarai Lara, 52-year-old Macy’s employee Shayla Martin, maintenance worker Chuck Eagan, Probation Officer Belinda Glade, and her 95-year-old mother Beatrice Dotson.

Here is what we know about the man who allegedly opened fire in the cosmetics section of the department store:

Early Life:


Cetin was born in Turkey, though his family immigrated to the United States when he was still a child. He grew up in Oak Harbor, a small city about 30 miles from the attack site. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School and his former middle and high school classmate, Jose Ochoa, described him as “weird” while speaking to NBC affiliate told King 5.

The suspect was active in the school’s Reserve Officers Training Corps and used to harass women, according to Cetin’s another high school acquaintance Uhlaine Finnigan, who also called him a “sexist.”

“In high school he started harassing kids and not being a nice person, so I disassociated with him,” said Austin Hendrix, who graduated with Cetin in 2015. “He would grope women in high school and middle school.”

Criminal History:

As The Seattle Times reports, Cetin has three domestic violence assault charges against him. Each time, the officials identified his stepfather as the victim, who urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was “going through a hard time” and that he “couldn’t help him with the order in place.”

The court documents also indicate the suspect was struggling from mental health issues and was prohibited to possess a firearm. Previously, Cetin had also been arrested for drunk driving. In 2015, he had to undergo mental evaluation following another misdemeanor case.

The young adult lived temporarily with a man named Marty Baldwin. However, Baldwin ended up removing Cetin from this property after he came to believe that the suspected shooter was using and selling drugs.

For Friday’s attack, Cetin allegedly stole three legally purchased guns from his father.

Online Presence:


Cetin’s Facebook page, which has reportedly been taken down, contained a 2012 post from a friend that read, “Truth is: You are a very odd character. You were always going on about being Russian and stuff like that, but under that you really supported America (or so it seemed to me) and I always thought that was really cool.”

Cetin’s Twitter account, though accessible, provides little insight into the live and mind of the 20-year-old. Meanwhile, his old Myspace profile contains at least three pictures of him posing with guns.

A photo showing a young Cetin holding a large black rifle reads, “ME AND MY UNCLE’S (LEFT) M16. No gay comments yes I was ‘fat’ Cmon i lost 50 pounds. I’ll take a new picture..Soon”

His Tumblr page contains posts about serial killers like Ted Bundy and Ed Gein.

Political Views:


Although his online voting records show no party affiliation, on his Twitter page, Cetin recommended Hillary Clinton and “Hitler’s wife” to be the new face of the ten-dollar bill. In another tweet from 2015, he wrote, “We win I vote for Hillary Clinton.” 

In 2013, he responded to a letter published in the Whidbey News-Times praising President Barack Obama and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Cetin commented that the pair’s liberalism “sounds like Communism.”


The authorities have not disclosed a motive for the attack. Cetin’s former girlfriend once worked at the department store he attacked, but she no longer works there or even lives in the area.

An assistant special agent of the FBI in Seattle said there is no evidence of terrorism.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Handout via Reuters 

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