North Carolina shooting: Boy, 15, arrested after five killed in ‘infuriating and tragic act of gun violence’ | US News

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of killing five people in North Carolina and is in critical condition in hospital, police said.

The boy, who has not been named, is believed to have fatally shot two people in the state capital Raleigh before opening fire on a footpath, killing three others and injuring two others.

Among those killed in Thursday night’s attack were a 16-year-old boy named James Roger Thompson, and a 29-year-old police officer named Gabriel Torres.

The other victims killed in the shooting were 52-year-old Nicole Connors, 34-year-old Mary Marshall and 49-year-old Susan Karnatz.

Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, was injured in the attack and remains in a critical condition in hospital, while a second officer, Casey Joseph Clark, was also injured but was released.

Raleigh Sheriff Estella Patterson said those killed were a racially diverse group, and authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting.

The incident sparked a massive police response across the city, with officers searching for the suspect for several hours before herding him inside a house and arresting him.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies flooded the neighborhood of Hedingham, a residential area northeast of downtown Raleigh, closing roads and warning residents to stay inside as they search for the attackers. shootings.

Residents talk to a police officer in front of the home where the shooting suspect lives on Sahalee Road after a shooting in Raleigh, NC, Friday, October 14, 2022. Several people were shot by a gunman. in the neighborhood shot dead on the night of Thursday, October 13 (AP Photo / Chris Seward)
Residents talk to a police officer in front of the house where the shooting suspect lives
Law enforcement officers work at a crime scene in the Hedingham neighborhood and Neuse River Trail area in Raleigh, NC, on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Police say a boy The 15-year-old fatally shot at least two people on the street of a residential area in North Carolina's capital..., then fled toward a walking trail, where he opened fire, killed and wounded injured others.  (AP Photo / Allen Breed)
Law enforcement officers work at a crime scene in the neighborhood of Hedingham

‘Nobody has to feel this fear’

Governor Roy Cooper called the attack an “outrageous and tragic act of gun violence”.

“We’re sad today, we’re angry, and we want to know the answers to all the questions,” he said.

“I think we all know the core truth – no neighbours, no parents, no children, no grandparents, nobody has to feel this fear in these communities – nobody. “

In a statement, President Joe Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden are deeply saddened by the families of the victims and that his administration is working with Cooper to help local authorities investigate.

“Enough. We grieve and pray with so many families who have shouldered the terrible burden of these mass shootings,” he said.

An ambulance believed to be carrying a shooting suspect to the Wake Medical Center Emergency Room in Raleigh, NC, Thursday, October 13, 2022 is surrounded by police.  (AP Photo / Karl DeBlaker)
Underage suspect taken to hospital
Police gather at Aldi on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, NC on Thursday night, October 13, 2022. Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin told reporters that multiple people were shot on the Neuse River Greenway on around 5 p.m., and the sheriff's department told her at around 8 p.m. that the suspect was being... detained... at a residence in the area.  (Ethan Hyman / The News & Observer via AP)
A massive police response ensued after the shooting

The Raleigh incident was just the latest in a week of violence across the US, with five others killed in a shooting in South Carolina on Sunday.

On Wednesday night, two police officers were fatally shot in Connecticut after appearing to be drawn into an ambush by an emergency call about possible domestic violence.

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Police officers were shot this week in Greenville, Mississippi; Decatur, Illinois; Philadelphia, Las Vegas and central Florida.

Two of those officers, one in Greenville and one in Las Vegas, were killed.

Thursday’s violence was the 25th mass murder in 2022 in which the victim was fatally shot, according to the Northeastern University database.

A mass murder is defined as when four or more people are killed, excluding the perpetrator.


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