Arcan Cetin, 20, is accused of killing five people in the Macy’s department store at the Skagit County mall on Sept. 23.

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The Oak Harbor man suspected of killing five people in a September shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington was charged Wednesday with five counts of aggravated murder, opening up the possibility that he could face the death penalty.

Arcan Cetin, 20, was initially charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in Skagit District Court. Skagit County prosecutors have transferred the case to Superior Court, while updating the charges to aggravated murder.

Cetin is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, authorities said.

Aggravated murder is punishable by either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Skagit County Prosecutor Richard Weyrich said in an email he has 30 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

However, Gov. Jay Inslee in 2014 announced a moratorium on state executions, saying the way the death penalty is applied is too flawed to let more go forward.

Last week, Inslee signed a reprieve for Clark Richard Elmore, who had been convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in Bellingham in 1995. Elmore will remain in prison for life. With his legal appeals exhausted, his execution had been scheduled for Jan. 19.

The charges filed Wednesday accuse Cetin of walking into Macy’s department store on Sept. 23 and killing five people in about a minute. The documents say he used a Ruger .22-caliber rifle with a 25-round magazine.

According to the charges, he opened fire near the Macy’s cosmetics counter, killing four people outright and mortally wounding a fifth before placing the gun on a counter and walking out of the store.

Killed were Sarai Lara, 16, of Mount Vernon; Shayla Martin, 52, of Mount Vernon; Belinda Galde, 64, and her mother, 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson, both of Arlington; and Wilton “Chuck” Eagan, 61, of Lake Stevens.

Cetin, who has a history of bizarre and aggressive behavior according to people who knew him, was taken into custody near his Oak Harbor home after a daylong manhunt in Skagit and Island counties.

After his arrest, Cetin told detectives he had committed the killings, according to the documents, which do not offer a clear motive.

The documents filed Wednesday provide no new details in the shootings.

Cetin was turned away from buying a large-caliber handgun by an Oak Harbor gun-shop owner hours before the deadly shooting, investigators confirmed.

Cetin came to the U.S. from Turkey when he was 6, having never met his biological father, according to court documents, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He said his mother’s family was abusive while he lived in Turkey, but reported a good transition to the U.S., the documents say.