The Raleigh shooter was shot and found with a handgun and a hunting knife


The Raleigh gunman accused of killing five people and injuring two others last week was found in an apartment building by police suffering from a gunshot wound and armed with a handgun, of several types ammunition and a knife scabbard, according to a new report released by the city Thursday afternoon.

Police found a shotgun and shells next to him, and a large hunting knife was found outside the building.

The alleged teenage gunman first killed his 16-year-old brother James Thompson, according to the report, followed by Nicole Connors, 52, police officer Gabriel Torres, 29, Mary Marshall, 35, and by Susan Karnatz, 49. Marcille Gardner and Raleigh Police Officer Casey Clark was shot but survived.

The four-page report says the shooter’s motive is still unknown. It is unknown how and where he purchased the weapons, and the specific type he used.

After the first 911 call at 5:09 p.m. last Thursday, police had the shooter handcuffed at 9:36 p.m., according to the report.

Alan and Elise Thompson said their son, the shooter, “has inflicted immeasurable pain on our Raleigh community and we are overwhelmed with grief for the innocent lives lost.”

“There have never been any indications or warning signs that [their son] was capable of doing something like that,” Thompson’s parents said in a joint statement.

He remains in critical condition in hospital.

The Washington Post is not naming the 15-year-old suspect because he is not a minor and has not yet been charged as an adult. On Friday, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told the Raleigh News and Observer that she plans to file a motion to transfer the case from juvenile court to superior court. The case could also be automatically sent to adult court if a judge deems it likely. cause of first degree murder.

The shooter was wearing camouflage clothing and a rucksack, carrying a gun, police said, when he descended on the quiet area of ​​Hedingham on Thursday evening. They said he was taken into custody after searching for several hours and exchanging fire with several officers, according to the report. Officers fired 23 rounds during that time, according to the report.

The memorial service for victim James Thompson is on Thursday evening. Next Sunday, the City of Raleigh will hold another vigil to honor the five lives lost.