Records: Mall shooting suspect had violent history

The suspect was in a movie theater shortly before the shooting

Law enforcement officers work at the crime scene outside of Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., where several people were fatally shot on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Authorities in Washington State say several people have been killed during a shooting at the mall north of Seattle and that at least one suspect remains at large. Sgt. Mark Francis says authorities are searching for a man wearing gray who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 from the mall. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Law enforcement officers work at the crime scene outside of Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., where several people were fatally shot on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Authorities in Washington State say several people have been killed during a shooting at the mall north of Seattle and that at least one suspect remains at large. Sgt. Mark Francis says authorities are searching for a man wearing gray who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 from the mall. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) – New documents released in a deadly shooting at a Washington state mall reveal the man accused of killing five people had a history of violence against his family and girlfriend.

The police reports obtained by The Associated Press also say suspect Arcan Cetin was in a movie theater at the Cascade Mall an hour before the Sept. 23 shooting and had propped open an outside door with his phone.

When he went outside, a movie-goer found the phone and turned it in before Cetin returned to the theater, asked about his phone and left.

Police say he then went to Macy’s and fatally shot five people.

The reports also say Cetin was in contact with relatives in Turkey who possibly had ties to the Islamic State terror group.

The now ex-girlfriend also said he often left her with bruises and threatened to kill her when she broke up with him. She said he also attacked his father and threatened others.