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Teenager kills 5, injures 2 in hiking trail shooting

A gunman killed five people, including an off-duty police officer, when they opened fire in Raleigh, North Carolina (Picture: EPA/AP)

Five people were killed, including an off-duty police officer, when a teenager opened fire on a hiking trail in the state capital.

On Thursday evening, a 15-year-old began shooting in the streets of the Hedingham neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Neighbors immediately called 911 around 5 p.m. When police arrived, the suspect fled onto a nearby hiking trail. He killed three other people on the track and injured two, including another policeman.

“The shots took place in the streets, then the suspect fled towards the green lane. We’ve had more shootings in the green lane,’ Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said Friday morning.


A law enforcement officer walks at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway trail parking lot at Abington Lane following a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observe via AP)
A law enforcement officer walks at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway Trail (Picture: AP)

Law enforcement officers stand at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway trail parking lot at Abington Lane following a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observe via AP)
Law enforcement stand at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway Trail (Picture: AP)

Although police quickly attended the scene, Patterson said there was a “long standoff” with the suspect on the hiking trail. He was arrested around 9:37 p.m. Thursday evening.

Police said the shooting took place on a long stretch of runway. “The crime scene was quite extensive, over 2 miles,” Patterson said. She asked the public to stay off this portion of the trail for the time being.

Patterson identified the victims as Nicole Conners, 52, Susan Karnatz, 49, Mary Marshall, 35, and Officer Gabriel Torres, 29.


In this aerial image taken with a drone, law enforcement works at the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)
In this aerial image taken with a drone, law enforcement works at the scene of a shooting in the Hedingham neighborhood (Picture: AP)

Police gather at the Aldi on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday evening Oct. 13, 2022. Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin told reporters that several people were shot on the Neuse River greenway around 5 p.m., and that the police department said around 8 p.m. that the suspect had been ???confined???  in a residence in the region.  (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
Police and investigators gather outside an Aldi supermarket near the crime scene (Picture: AP)

Constable Torres was off-duty when he was killed and police say they don’t know if he tried to engage with the shooter. They confirmed that he was going to work on Thursday evening.

A fifth victim has not been identified, but described as a 16-year-old white male.

Marcile Gardner, 59, was injured and remains in critical condition.

Another Raleigh police officer was also injured responding to the shooting, but has since been treated and released from hospital.


Law enforcement officers gather outside an armored vehicle at the Aldi on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh after five people were fatally shot in the Hedingham neighborhood and area of Nuese River Trail in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Travis Long/ The News and the Observer via AP)
Police and law enforcement deploy an armored vehicle near the crime scene in Raleigh (Picture: AP)

An ambulance rushes to New Bern Avenue after five people were fatally shot in the Hedingham neighborhood and Nuese River Trail area of ​​Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Travis Long/The News & Observe via AP)
An ambulance rushes to New Bern Avenue after five people were shot and killed in the Hedingham area (Picture: AP)

“I am extremely proud of the selfless acts of our Raleigh Police Department officers,” Patterson said Friday.

The suspect was described as a 15-year-old white male. He was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital in critical condition, Patterson said.

Law enforcement and officials praised local police’s quick response, but said more needed to be done to address gun violence. “We mourn and share the loss of not only our officer, but all of the victims of this senseless gun crime,” Patterson said.

“We are sad, furious and have many questions which we will answer soon. But we already know the basic truth. No community should feel the pain of gun violence, and as policy makers we cannot turn away from what has happened here and across the country,” the North Carolina Governor said. Roy Cooper. Twitter Friday morning.

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