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Police have identified the suspect in a mass shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a 15-year-old man.
Five people, including an off-duty police officer, were killed and two wounded in a shooting that unfolded Thursday night.
The suspect is in critical condition at the hospital.
The shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood near the Neuse River Greenway, a popular trail outside the state capital.
A motive has not yet been established, but Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the investigation remains ongoing.
“My heart is heavy because we don’t have answers as to why this tragedy happened,” Chief Patterson said at a news conference Friday morning.
The shooting began shortly after 5:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 p.m. GMT) on Thursday night.
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin later reported that the gunman was being “contained at a residence in the area” by police.
Raleigh police said then that the attacker, a “white minor,” was taken into custody.
At least two other people, including another police officer, were injured and taken to hospital.
Chief Patterson said the police officer has since been released from the hospital, but a 59-year-old man remains in critical condition.
A list of the deceased victims was released Friday morning. It includes Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres, 29, who died on the way to work, Chief Patterson said.
The other victims are: Nicole Conners, 53, Susan Karnatz, 49, Mary Marshall, 34, and James Thompson, 16.
Chief Patterson said the wave of gunfire stretched more than two miles. The suspect shot a few victims on the streets of the residential neighborhood before fleeing to the Greenway Trail, he said, where more victims were shot.
As the shooting unfolded, a nearby elementary school was put on lockdown and two community centers were preemptively evacuated, the chief said.
Mass shootings are a constant problem in the United States.
More than 34,000 people have died in shootings in the US in 2022, more than half of which were by suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.
At Friday’s news conference, Raleigh Mayor Baldwin said the tragedy “has doubled down on our resolve now to end the senseless gun violence gripping our country and now our city.”
“We must stop this senseless violence in America,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said after the shooting. “We must address gun violence. We have a lot to do, and tonight we have a lot to mourn.”