It didn't take long; about 24 hours from the time of the mall shootings to the time they had him cuffed and jailed. Initially reported to be a Latino guy, he's actually a Turkish immigrant. It was hard to tell from the security cam screenshots; he didn't really look Latino, but that's how he was described by witnesses at the mall. Of course, they were doubtless pretty much panic-stricken at the time, so mistakes are understandable.
He was apparently brought here with his family as a child, and is now described as a legal, permanent resident.
Cetin has a criminal record that includes three assault charges related to domestic violence, the victim being Cetin's stepfather, the Seattle Times reported. Cetin also was arrested on a drunken driving charge, the Times said.
A judge told Cetin on Dec. 29 that he could not possess a firearm, according to the Times.
He had three guns in his possession, all of which were legally purchased but stolen from other family members. Another guy who doesn't seem to believe in "common-sense gun laws", it seems.
Lt. Mike Hawley of the Island County Sheriff's Office said deputies spotted Cetin's car near their office in Oak Harbor Saturday night, but no one was inside.
“I saw an individual walking northbound on the sidewalk and I instantly recognized that this is the person that I just viewed on my computer,” Hawley said.
"He said nothing," Hawley added. "He was kind of zombie-like."
Thus far, no motive has been uncovered.