Suspect in Washington state mall shootings found dead in cell

Arcan Cetin appears in September at Skagit County Superior Court in Mount Vernon

Cetin died Sunday evening in an apparent suicide by hanging, Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich told the Skagit Valley Herald. "I think that's the coward's way out".

The family of victim Chuck Eagan said they were shocked by the death in a statement to the Skagit Valley Herald.

The victims - Sarai Lara, Shayla Martin, Belinda Galde, Beatrice Dotson, and Wilton Eagan - ranged in ages from 16 to 95 years old. "Our heart goes out to Mr. Cetin's family". He was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and was facing life in prison and was awaiting a mental evaluation before his case moved forward. "While this event puts to rest our fear of his release, we harbor no ill will towards Mr. Cetin or his family and pray for their comfort as we know all too well the pain of grief".

On September 23, Cetin took three legally purchased guns from his father and drove to Macy's where his ex-girlfriend once worked and started shooting before dumping the weapons and escaping on foot. We pray that the man repented to God before his death. All information regarding the death investigation will come from the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office.

He then shot Chuck Eegan, 61, before heading to the department store's cosmetic counter and opening fire on three women seeking cover.

The Hispanic description came from 911 calls who said the shooter was possibly a Hispanic man dressed in grayish clothing who entered the store with a long rifle and fired multiple shots. According to security footage, he was at Macy's for about one minute.

A photo from Cetin's Myspace page (L) shows him holding what appears to be a rifle.

The motive for the attack remains unknown.

Doctors prescribed medication, and he also was undergoing court-ordered mental-health counseling in the months before the shootings, the Seattle Times reported. We're waiting on more word from the Snohomish County Sheriff's office who would be investigating the in custody death.