Washington mall shooter was "zombie-like" when captured

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Washington mall shooter was "zombie-like" when captured

A police officer who arrested a man suspected of carrying out the Washington mall shooting that left five people dead has said he was "zombie-like" when he was captured,

Lieutenant Mike Hawley of the state's Island County sheriff's department said he saw Arcan Cetin in Oak Harbour, Washington, from a patrol car and immediately recognised him as the suspect.

Lt Hawley told a news conference that his office had received information that Cetin, 20, from Oak Harbour, was in the area. He said Cetin, 20, was unarmed, adding: "He said nothing. He was kind of zombie-like." The gunman opened fire with a rifle in the makeup section of a Macy's department store late Friday, killing four women and a man, according to police.

The FBI office in Seattle said it had no evidence the shooting was terror-related.

The shooter later left the store on foot, triggering an intense manhunt.

A weapon was recovered at Cascade Mall in Burlington, a town of about 8,000 people some 110 kilometres north of Seattle.

"I don't know what his motivation was to do this," Chris Cammock, police chief in the larger nearby town of Mount Vernon, told a news conference.

"But I certainly plan to find out through the investigation, to the best of our ability."

The youngest victim was named as Sarai Lara, 16, who survived cancer as a young girl.

Relatives named another victim as 52-year-old Shayla Martin, who worked as a Macy's makeup artist.

"We're really having a tough time right now," her sister Karen Van Horn told The Seattle Times.