A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of killing five people in North Carolina and is in critical condition in a hospital, US police said.
An unnamed boy is said to have killed two people in Raleigh, the state capital, and opened fire on a boardwalk, killing three more and injuring two more.
Among those killed in Thursday night’s attack were a 16-year-old boy named James Roger Thompson and a 29-year-old off-duty police officer named Gabriel Torres.
Other victims killed in the shooting were Nicole Connors, 52, Mary Marshall, 34, and Susan Carnuts, 49.
Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, was injured in the attack and is in critical condition in hospital, while a second police officer, Casey Joseph Clark, was also injured and released.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said those killed were a racially diverse group and authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting.
The incident set off a massive police response across the city, with officers searching for the suspect for several hours before cornering him inside a home and arresting him.
A number of law enforcement officers swarmed the Hedingham neighborhood, a residential area northeast of central Raleigh, blocking roads and warning residents to stay indoors while they searched for the shooter.
“No one should feel this fear”
Governor Roy Cooper called the attack “a maddening and tragic act of gun violence.”
“Today we are sad, angry and want to know the answers to all our questions.
“I think we all know the core truth: No neighbors, no parents, no children, no grandparents, no one in these communities should feel this fear. “
In a statement, President Joe Biden said he and his wife, Jill Biden, express their sympathies for the families of the victims, and that his administration is working with Cooper to assist local authorities with their investigations. rice field.
“Enough is enough. We mourned and prayed with so many families who had to bear the horrific burden of these mass shootings,” he said.
The Raleigh incident is just the latest in a violent week across the United States, with five more dead in South Carolina on Sunday.
Two police officers were shot dead Wednesday night in Connecticut after being ambushed by an emergency call about possible domestic violence.
A police officer was shot dead in Greenville, Mississippi this week. Decatur, Illinois. Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Central Florida.
Two of these officers died, Greenville and Las Vegas.
Thursday’s violence was the 25th mass murder in which a victim was shot in 2022, according to Northeastern University’s Mass Murder Database.
Mass murder is defined as when four or more people are killed, excluding the perpetrator.
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