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(BURLINGTON, Wash.) — The suspect in Friday’s deadly mall shooting in Washington state confessed to police in the shooting that left five people dead, according to charging documents.

He faces charges on five counts of first-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bond, charging documents show.

Authorities identified the alleged shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, Washington. He was arrested Saturday in Oak Harbor after authorities received a tip that linked him to the shooting “as a person of interest,” the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management said.

Cetin apparently had a falling out with his father prior to the shooting, the arrest warrant declaration in the case shows. His mother helped to identify him from surveillance camera images released by police.

Cetin was spotted walking on a sidewalk and then taken into custody. He was unarmed, did not resist arrest and was in a “zombie-like” state, Lt. Mike Hawley with the Island County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference Saturday.

Friday’s shooting occurred in the evening at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle. At Saturday’s news conference, police said that the gunman first entered the mall unarmed and then re-entered with a firearm. He opened fire in the makeup department of Macy’s.

Four women were killed and a man later died from his injuries Saturday at a Seattle hospital, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with the Washington State Patrol.

Although police initially said Cetin was Hispanic, authorities later said that he had immigrated from Turkey and is a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Police have said they believe Cetin acted alone and the FBI said it had no indication that the shooting was linked to terrorism.

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