RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has killed five people and injured two others in a shooting spree in Raleigh, Daily Routine.
Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the teenager was captured Hours after the victims were shot Thursday night. He was hospitalized after his arrest and is in critical condition, but authorities have not said how he was injured. Patterson said Friday that police had not determined a motive for the attack.
The victims were of mixed race and ranged in age from 16 to their late 50s, Patterson said. Family members and friends said some of the victims were gunned down while engaged in normal, everyday activities – an off-duty police officer was killed on her way to work, one of the women who died was on her porch talking to a neighbor, another a woman, who died was walking her dog and another was exercising.
Government. Roy Cooper called the shooting an “exasperating and tragic act of gun violence.” He added, “No neighborhood, no parent, no child, no grandparent, no one should feel that fear in their communities — no one.”
The shooting erupted around 5 p.m. Thursday in a residential area northeast of downtown, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said. From there, police said the teenager fled to a nearby hiking trail and continued shooting.
The teenager, who was not immediately identified by police, eluded officers for hours – he launched a manhunt across a crime scene that stretched 3 kilometers – before being cornered at a house and arrested, Patterson said.
The Hedingham neighborhood is a residential area of single family homes and townhouses. The Neuse River Greenway, a hiking and biking trail, runs behind some houses. The trail runs approximately 27 miles along the river and connects to the state’s hiker-popular Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The trail behind the neighborhood is paved and leads down a grassy slope from the houses.
Police said 29-year-old officer Gabriel Torres was among the five killed. He was free and on his way to work when filming began. The other victims were Nicole Connors, 52; Mary Marshall, 34; Susan Karnatz, 49; and James Roger Thompson, 16. Connors’ husband told The Associated Press she was on the porch talking to a neighbor when she was killed. Marshall’s sister told NBC News that she was walking her dog, Scruff.
Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, was speaking to Connors when she was shot. Gardner remained hospitalized in critical condition on Friday. A second police officer, Casey Joseph Clark, 33, was also injured and discharged from hospital.
Karnatz’ husband, Tom Karnatz, said she is an avid runner who often runs on the greenway.
“She was a very loving wife and a great mother to our three sons,” he said tearfully as he opened his door on Friday. “We are absolutely heartbroken and miss her dearly.”
In the driveway, a silver minivan and a Toyota Camry had matching 26.2 stickers – symbolizing the miles in a marathon. The minivan’s license plate read simply, “RUNNR.”
Woodrow Glass, a 74-year-old retiree and Connors’ neighbor, said he spoke to her almost every day while she was walking her small dog.
“She was friendly with everyone in the neighborhood, talked to everyone … and was really respected here. And we will miss her,” he said.
In a statement Friday, President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden mourn with the families of the victims and his administration is working with Cooper to help local authorities with their investigations.
“Enough. We have mourned and prayed with too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings,” he said.
Omer Rosas, a sophomore at Knightdale High School, said he was shocked to learn on Friday that his classmate was arrested in the shooting.
“I didn’t expect it to be him,” Rosas told the AP. “He was very calm. He wasn’t like a common man. He was open about being nice to everyone.”
Rosas said the teenager is personable and athletic – a smaller guy who enjoys running and is considering joining the school’s running team.
Thompson, the 16-year-old victim, was a junior at the school.
Under North Carolina law, crimes committed by 15-year-olds are usually tried in juvenile courts. But a 15-year-old will be charged as an adult if charged with first-degree murder and a judge finds a probable cause. Authorities have not commented on what charges the teenager may face.
The Raleigh shooting was the latest in a violent week across the country. Five people were killed in a shooting at a home in Inman, South Carolina on Sunday. Two police officers were fatally shot in Connecticut on Wednesday after what appeared to be an ambush through an emergency call about possible domestic violence. Police officers were shot dead in Greenville, Mississippi this week; Decatur, Il.; PhiladelphiaLas 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 victims were fatally shot, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University mass murder database. A mass murder occurs when four or more people are killed in addition to the perpetrator.
The trail was quieter than usual on Friday. Sara Cutter, 31, said she felt “a lingering sadness about Raleigh” as she walked the greenway about a mile from the shooting.
“We’re all suffering today, the whole town,” Cutter said. “I saw some dark faces when I went for a walk today. But it was also good to see people. The community – that will get us through.”
This story has been corrected to correct the spelling of Nicole Connors’ last name.
Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles and Michael Kunzelman in Silver Spring, Maryland contributed to this report.
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