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Police: 15-Year-Old Gunman Kills 5, Including Officer, In N. Carolina

The gunfire broke out around 5 p.m. Thursday along the Neuse River Greenway in a residential area northeast of downtown Raleigh.

Police: 15-Year-Old Gunman Kills 5, Including Officer, In N. Carolina
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The gunman who killed five people along a walking trail in North Carolina’s capital city is a 15-year-old boy who has been hospitalized in critical condition, police said Friday.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson told reporters that the suspect opened fire Thursday on a greenway in an area northeast of downtown. He then eluded officers for hours before he was cornered in a home and arrested, police said.

A 16-year-old boy and an off-duty police officer were among those killed.

Authorities didn't offer any details on a motive.

The gunman was arrested around 9:37 p.m., authorities said. His identity was not released. 

The gunfire broke out around 5 p.m. along the Neuse River Greenway, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said. Officers from numerous law enforcement agencies swarmed the area, closing roads and warning residents to stay inside while they searched for the gunman.

Two people, including another police officer, were taken to hospitals. The officer was later released, but the other survivor remained in critical condition.

"Tonight, terror has reached our doorstep. The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless horrific and infuriating act of violence that has been committed," Gov. Roy Cooper told reporters.

Authorities didn't offer any details on a motive, but Baldwin joined Cooper in decrying the violence.

"We must stop this mindless violence in America, we must address gun violence," the mayor said. "We have much to do, and tonight we have much to mourn."

Early Friday, authorities searched a house a couple of streets over from where the shooting happened, WRAL-TV said.

'Active Shooting' Wounds Multiple People In North Carolina

'Active Shooting' Wounds Multiple People In North Carolina

The Raleigh Police Department said it was "on the scene of an active shooting" and advised residents in multiple neighborhoods to stay in their homes.

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The Raleigh shooting was the latest in a violent week across the country. Five people were killed Sunday in a shooting at a home in Inman, South Carolina. On Wednesday night two police officers were fatally shot in Connecticut after apparently being drawn into an ambush by an emergency call about possible domestic violence. Police officers have been shot this week in Greenville, Mississippi; Decatur, Illinois; Philadelphia, Las Vegas and central Florida. Two of those officers, one in Greenville and one Las Vegas, were killed.

Thursday’s violence was the 25th mass killing in 2022 in which the victims were fatally shot, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killings database. A mass killing is defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator.

Brooke Medina, who lives in the neighborhood bordering the greenway, was driving home at around 5:15 p.m. when she saw about two dozen police cars, both marked and unmarked, race toward the residential area about 9 miles from Raleigh's downtown. She then saw ambulances speeding the other direction, toward the closest hospital.

She and her husband, who was working from home with their four children, started reaching out to neighbors and realized there was a shelter-in-place order.

The family closed all of their window blinds, locked the doors and congregated in an upstairs hallway together, said Medina, who works as a communications vice president at a think tank. The family listened to the police scanner and watched local news before going back downstairs once the danger seemed to have moved further away from their home.

"We're just going to hunker down for the rest of the night and be very vigilant. Keep all of our lights on, doors locked," she said.

She described the neighborhood known as Hedingham as a sprawling, dense, tree-lined community that's full of single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes that are more moderately priced compared to other parts of the Raleigh area.

Allison Greenawalt, 29, who also lives in the neighborhood, said she was sitting on the couch with her cat around 5 p.m. when she heard "three shots in a pretty rapid succession." She said police arrived quickly and that she's grateful that they were there during the chaotic hours while she sheltered inside. Her husband, meanwhile, tried to drive home from work after the shooting and was turned away by police who had closed nearby streets, and he didn't make it home until around 10:30 p.m., she said.

"I was sitting in our house with the lights turned off and the windows closed for the majority of the evening, just waiting to hear that" the gunman had been arrested, she said.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.