Cascade Mall shooter charged with five counts of aggravated murder

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times Arcan Cetin appears in a Skagit County courtroom after his arrest last year.

Oak Harbor resident and accused Cascade Mall shooter Arcan Cetin was charged last week.

Skagit County Prosecutor Richard Weyrich, however, hasn’t yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty for Cetin, 20, who allegedly shot and killed five people at the women’s Macy’s store on Sept. 23.

Cetin was charged with five counts of aggravated murder in the first degree on Jan. 4. He had been held under a magistrate warrant in district court, but the case was formally transferred to superior court.

Prosecutors are alleging an aggravating factor that could mean the death penalty for Cetin if he is convicted; prosecutors would have to file a written notice of the special sentencing proceedings and a jury would have to find there is not sufficient mitigating circumstances to merit leniency.

The aggravating factor in the case is that “there was more than one victim and the murders were part of a common scheme or plan or the result of a single act of the person,” according to the RCW.

Cetin is accused of walking into the store with a Ruger 10-22 rifle and shooting five people. The victims were Sarai Lara, 16; Beatrice Dotson, 95, and Belinda Galde, 64, mother and daughter; Chuck Eagan, 61; and Shayla Martin, 52.

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