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Austin Thompson was behind the deadly shooting in east Raleigh that began around 5 p.m. on Thursday, local station WRAL reported, citing unnamed sources.
The 15-year-old boy who police say carried out the rampage in Raleigh, North Carolina, that left five dead and two others injured was identified as the younger brother of one of the casualties, according to a report.
The 15-year-old’s brother, James Roger Thompson, a junior at Knightdale High School, was previously identified as the youngest of the five deceased victims.
Raleigh Police Chief Estelle Patterson named the other deaths as off-duty officer Gabriel Torres, 29, Nicole Conners, 52, Mary Marshall, 35 and Susan Karnatz, 49.
K-9 Officer Casey Clark was injured during the incident but has since been treated and released from the hospital.
Another surviving victim identified as Marcille Gardner, 59, remained in critical condition.
Witnesses said the shooter was dressed in camouflage clothing with a backpack and black boots.
“He looked like a baby. I don’t even have the words to explain it. This is not right,” a witness told news station WRAL.
The suspect was taken into police custody after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday after an intense manhunt lasting several hours. He was hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, police said.
The Raleigh Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suspected identity of the shooter.