The prime suspect in the Cascade Mall shooting has been arrested. Arcan Cetin was taken into custody by authorities after a massive manhunt.
The attack took place in the women’s section of Macy’s. The attacker reportedly yelled several times and then opened fire at people in the makeup department. 4 women and 1 man were killed.
Media had originally referred to Arcan Cetin as Hispanic, but it turns out the 20 year old is originally from Turkey
There were widespread reports of the suspect being Hispanic and many will be wondering why. Those reports were made before all the facts were in and ended up being wrong.
WATCH: Video of Arcan Cetin’s arrest
Burlington Shooter in Oak Harbor. Looks like he's caught by the cops. pic.twitter.com/mgrcEQ7DSq
— Zachary⚒Mckinzey (@ZacharyMckinzey) September 25, 2016
Photo of Arcan Cetin
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Video: 5 dead in Cascade Mall Shooting
ISIS has called for attacks on shopping centres
ISIS and affiliated groups have called for Islamic extremists to carry out attacks on malls and shopping centres. At this point, Arcan Cetin’s motive is not officially known. Some are speculating that it could be an ISIS inspired attack. That has not been confirmed.
ISIS did previously take responsibility for the mall attack in Minneapolis where 9 people were stabbed. There is currently an ongoing online debate about whether Cetin is more right wing or left wing. Clearly, no political ideology wants to be associated with him.
Burlington Mayor says he will “bring the son of a bitch to justice.”
The Mayor of Burlington, a town about 60 miles from Seattle, strongly vowed to bring the killer to justice. This is a shocking event for Burlington, a town of 8,400 people. The community is now mourning the loss of 5 residents.
Speculation running wild
As often occurs, speculation is running rampant on social media. People are debating whether the media is censoring the issue for political reasons. Others say it’s more prudent to wait for all the facts to come in. Here is a sample of that ongoing debate:
— Steve Wolford (@Steve__Wolford) September 24, 2016
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) September 24, 2016
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 24, 2016
I see Americans on Twitter actually hoping #CascadeMall shooter is a Muslim. These Americans love to hate. That's sick and truly deplorable.
— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) September 24, 2016
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@peddoc63) September 24, 2016
The amount of people frothing at the mouth for shooter to be Muslim, is not only sick, it's frightening. Hate won't end hate. #CascadeMall
— kiki (@SRoit) September 24, 2016
This discussion is what free speech and democracy is all about. The media are no longer the sole gatekeeper of news discussions.
Here’s the best comment on the Cascade Mall Shooting:
Have we dehumanized each other so much that the bodies on the ground matter less than political points scored in their blood? #CascadeMall
— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) September 24, 2016
Let’s remember that right now 5 families are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Right now, that is what matters most. There will be time to sort out everything else.