Five people have been killed, including an off-duty police officer, in a shooting inside a neighborhood in the city. It was really terrible.
A shooter who opened fire along a walking trail in North Carolina’s capital city on Thursday and eluded officers for hours before he was cornered in a home and arrested, police said.
An off-duty police officer was among those killed by the suspect, who police only described as a white, juvenile male. He was arrested around 9:37 p.m., authorities said. His identity and age weren’t released.
Mayor Mary-Anne Baldwin confirmed just after 9 p.m. that the suspected shooter was “contained” inside a residence but did not provide additional details. There earlier had been conflicting reports about whether the suspect had been arrested or was at large.
She said multiple law enforcement agencies were assisting her city’s police department at the scene.
In addition to the five deaths, two others had been shot and were taken to the hospital.
“All of us in Raleigh right now need to come together, we need to support those in our community who have suffered a terrible loss, the loss of a loved one,” Baldwin said.
Officers from numerous law enforcement agencies swarmed the area, closing roads and warning residents to stay inside while they searched for the shooter.
Two people, including another police officer, were taken to hospitals. The officer was later released, but the other survivor remained in critical condition.
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“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.