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15-Year-Old Gunman Killed 5, Including Off-Duty Officer, In Raleigh Shooting Rampage

Raleigh, NC – Five people were killed, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer, and two more were wounded when a 15-year-old gunman went on a killing spree in Raleigh on Thursday evening.

Police said the suspect began shooting at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Hedingham neighborhood near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive, WTVD reported.

Sources close to the investigation said the teen gunman was wearing camouflage and carried a camouflage backpack, CNN reported.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson told reporters on Friday that the suspect shot two people there and then ran toward the Neuse River Greenway Trail, a popular walking area.

When he reached the trail, the 15-year-old gunman opened fire again and shot five more people, according to Chief Patterson.

Three of those gunshot victims died, WTVD reported.

Witnesses have said the teen gunman had a long gun, but police officials have not yet confirmed what kind of weapon the killer was using.

Police have said both a long gun and a handgun were recovered at the scene, CNN reported.

The suspect remained at large for hours after his shooting spree and police announced an “active shooter situation” and asked residents to stay inside their homes, WTVD reported.

Police “contained” the suspect inside a residence at about 8 p.m. and then he was apprehended by authorities shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night near the intersection of Old Milburnie Road and McConnel Oliver Drive, CNN reported.

The shooter was critically wounded during the long standoff, CNN reported.


He was transported to Wake Med in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, WTVD reported.

Officials have not yet said whether the suspect’s injuries were self-inflicted or if he was hurt when officers took him into custody.

Chief Patterson has not released the identity of the juvenile mass killer, WTVD reported.

She confirmed that one of the victims of the mass shooting was 29-year-old Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres, who was on his way to work when he was killed, CNN reported.

Authorities identified the other victims who were fatally shot as 52-year-old Nicole Conners, 49-year-old Susan Karnatz, 35-year-old Mary Marshal, and 16-year-old James Roger Thompson.

A second police officer was wounded during the incident and has since been treated and released, CNN reported.

Chief Patterson said 59-year-old Marcille Lynn Gardner remained in critical condition at Wake Med.

The police chief said the gunman’s motive remained unknown and said Raleigh police were continuing to investigate, CNN reported.

“My heart is heavy, because we don’t have answers as to why this tragedy occurred,” the police chief told reporters.

She told reporters that the crime scene spanned about two miles across the neighborhood, WTVD reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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