The Cascade Mall shooter who killed five people in Burlington past year has died while in the Snohomish County Jail.
Arcan Cetin, 20, died Sunday evening in an apparent suicide, Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich said this morning.
Cetin's attorney did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.
Cetin entered the Cascade Mall in Burlington on September 23 and headed for the women's department in a Macy's store. He was detained on the following day in his hometown Oak Harbor, Washington and confessed to the shooting two days later. Now the victims' family members say they have been robbed of justice for their loved ones.
Cetin was being held at Snohomish County Jail at the request of one of his lawyers and awaiting results of a second competency evaluation, according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. He was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and was facing life in prison and was awaiting a mental evaluation before his case moved forward.
Video showed his vehicle traveling north on South Burlington Boulevard near Cascade Place. We pray that the man repented to God before his death. "While this event puts to rest our fear of his release, we harbour no ill will towards Mr. Cetin or his family and pray for their comfort as we know all too well the pain of grief".
The 20-year-old had a history of violent behaviour toward his family and ex-girlfriend.
According to charging documents, witnesses at the mall observed Cetin remove a rifle from his trunk of his blue four-door sedan, which was reported as either a Kia or Hyundai, according to court documents.
The FBI at the time said there was no evidence the shooting was terror-related and Cetin's father told media that his son had mental health issues.
"He didn't have any really ties to our community", she said.
"There's also a sense of honest disappointment", she said.
He said he had watched beheadings by the Islamic State group online but considered such terrorist actions wrong.
The shootings were captured on surveillance video. The victims were identified as 52-year-old Shayla Martin, 64-year-old Belinda Galde and Galde's mother, Beatrice Dotson, 95.