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Police Say Suspect In Washington State Mall Shooting In Custody

State authorities say they have arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting of five people, almost 24 hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded mall on Friday evening.

Washington State Patrol confirmed the capture in a tweet.

The 20-year-old male suspect was taken into custody in Oak Harbor, about 30 miles west of the crime scene in Burlington, a small town 65 miles north of Seattle.

The suspect's identity has not yet been released.

As NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported on Saturday morning, Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis initially said the suspect is a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, however, authorities later said they were not certain of the suspect's race.

A press conference to discuss the suspect's capture is scheduled for 9:30 Eastern time Saturday night.

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