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Police Release Details Of 15-Year-Old Raleigh Gunman’s Rampage That Killed Older Brother, 5 Others

Raleigh, NC – Police officials have released more details about a 15-year-old gunman’s shooting spree through his Hedingham neighborhood that left his older brother and four other people dead.

The Raleigh Police Department (RPD) released its five-day report on the officer-involved shooting that after a 15-year-old male allegedly ran through his neighborhood and shot seven people on Oct. 13, The News & Observer reported.

The Police Tribune will not be publishing the killer’s name to avoid contributing to notoriety for mass killings.

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

The teen gunman was wearing camouflage and carried a camouflage backpack.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson told reporters 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.

Five of the seven total victims – including the gunman’s 16-year-old brother, James Thompson – died from their wounds.

Two other people were wounded by gunfire but survived, The News & Observer reported.

The gunman was found suffering from a head wound after a long standoff and gun battle with law enforcement.

Police said that the shooter was in possession of a handgun and a shotgun when he was apprehended, The News & Observer reported.

The handgun was in his waistband, according to investigators.

His shotgun and spent shotgun shells were found on the ground next to him, The News & Observer reported.

Investigators also found more ammunition for a “shotgun/rifle” in the teen’s backpack, according to the investigative report.

The gunman wore a sheath for a large knife on his belt and a large hunting knife was found in front of a nearby building, The News & Observer reported.

Police said the gunman sustained a serious head injury prior to his arrest and remains in the hospital in critical condition.

His mother told the Associated Press in a text that her son remained in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit but was improving.

Raleigh police released more details on Oct. 20 about the timeline of the events and said that the gunman first killed his older brother inside the family home before he went on his rampage through the neighborhood.

He went outside and shot neighbor Marcille Gardner and then fatally shot off-duty Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres, who was on his way to work, according to the report.

The gunman next murdered Mary Marshall as she walked her dog and Susan Karnatz who was out jogging on the greenway path, The News & Observer reported.

Police “contained” the gunman a mile away and used a drone to confirm his position.

Then law enforcement robots were sent in to separate the shooter from his guns and his backpack, and the wounded gunman was taken into custody at about 9:30 p.m. that night, The News & Observer 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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