Fourth Estate Staff
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, believed to be responsible in the death of five people, was found dead inside his cell.
The suspect, Arcan Cetin, reportedly committed suicide. The shooting took place in Burlington last September. He was inside the Snohomish County Jail when he was found dead on Sunday evening. Authorities with the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office said that Cetin was found hanging in his sell before 7 p.m. Officers made life-saving efforts such as CPR to try and revive him but they yielded unsuccessful.
Twenty-year-old Cetin was charged with five counts of aggravated first-degree murder for the September 23 killings. He reportedly acted with premeditated intent and used a rifle to kill a teenage girl, three women, and a man. The shooting took place at a Macy’s store.
Initially, he went to the theater of the mall. It is unclear if he was supposed to commit the crime in the area. He used his cellphone to prop the door of the movie theater open. However, another person closed the door and he gave his phone to theater officials. He was still able to retrieve his phone and after he got that back, he went to the mall. He first entered the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant and then went to the Macy’s store.
The stepfather of Cetin, David Marshall, said in a past statement that his stepson has had mental health issues and they have been working with him to try and resolve his issues. He also had a history of violent behavior towards his family and his ex-girlfriend.
The day before the shooting took place, Cetin visited his mother and stepfather and stole Marshall’s .22-caliber Ruger rifle. The weapon was said to be hidden under a bed.
Amy Martin, the aunt of one of the victims, Shayla Martin, said in a statement, “I feel we were seriously robbed of justice by him taking his own life. I think that’s the coward’s way out.” The prosecutor on the case, Rosemary Kaholokula, said that on some level there is a level of disappointment because they wanted the case to have undergone the whole proceeding to seek justice.
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