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.
‘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.
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.