In total, five innocent people lost their lives at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, on September 23. They were referred to as "treasured members of the community" by the town's mayor Steve Sexton. Four of the victims were female whose ages ranged from 16 - 95. They have been named as Sarai Lara, 16, Belinda Galde, 64, Shayla Martin, 52, and Beatrice Dotson, 95. The man killed has been named as Boeing employee Chuck Eagan. The Seattle Times reports that Eagan and his wife were fleeing the gunfire when she tripped and as he helped, was shot. His aunt, Carol Thrush, told the newspaper, "He was just a wonderful person." Eagan had been planning to retire next year.
The female victims were shot dead at Macy's make-up desk. Authorities say that the suspect checked out the area before going back out to get a gun. KING 5's Chris Ingalls reports that the weapon is thought to have been a .22 caliber hunting rifle. KING 5 reports that cops believe Cetin stole the guns he used from his father. That gun was recovered at the scene. Due to a prior arrest, Cetin had been prohibited from owning guns.
Q13 reports that Cetin was arrested without incident in Oak Harbor. Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis told the media that he couldn't comment on reports that the gunman had called out a woman's name before opening fire, according to Q13 Fox. The gunman was armed with what appeared to be a hunting rifle.
At a press conference, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said, "I don't know what his motivations were. I don't know what his motivations were to do this. I don't know what his motivations were to continue. I don't know what his motivations were to stop."
Here are some photos that help to celebrate the lives of those who were killed in Burlington: