On Friday, someone shot up a Macy’s make-up counter in Burlington, Washington, killing four women–aged 16 to 95–and a man. A suspect has been arrested: 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, a Muslim from Turkey. He has a record of assaulting his step-father, drunk driving, and selling drugs. Police say they don’t yet know a motive, but they aren’t ruling out terrorism.
So surely this couldn’t be Islamic terrorism, some might say. This guy is certainly not a good Muslim, what with his indulgence in forbidden substances and disrespect for his father.
But acts of jihad often grow out of a guilty conscience, a way to achieve self-atonement and forgiveness for one’s sins.
A 20-year-old Turkish man is expected to appear in court on Monday on charges of killing five people at a Macy’s department store in Washington state, as the FBI said they were not ruling out an act of terrorism.
Arcan Cetin from Oak Harbor, Washington, offered no resistance when he was arrested on Saturday night, saying nothing and appearing to be in a “zombie-like” state, police said.
On Friday night he had entered a branch of Macy’s at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, just over 65 miles north of Seattle, and opened fire at the make-up counter. He killed four women, aged 16 to 95, instantly. A fifth victim, a man who was airlifted away from the scene, died later.Cetin had a violent past, had been arrested for drunk driving and was recommended by a judge not to be allowed to own a firearm.
Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin, with the victim identified as his stepfather.. . .
Marty Baldwin told The Seattle Times he allowed the suspected gunman, who was homeless at the time, to move in with him and his wife.
But Mr Baldwin kicked him out a few months later after learning the younger man was using and selling drugs, he said.