Police: Teenagers killed 2 in Raleigh area, 3 followed along the trail

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A 15-year-old boy shot and killed two people on a street in the middle-class Raleigh neighborhood, then fled to a popular boardwalk where he opened fire, killing three more and injuring two others. Raleigh Police Commissioner Estella Patterson said the teenager was arrested on Thursday after an hour of pursuit. After his arrest, he was admitted to the hospital and was in critical condition. Authorities do not disclose how he was injured, and the victims ranged from 16 to late 50s of various races, Patterson said at a press conference. Among those killed was Gabriel Torres, a 29-year-old Raleigh police officer who was on his way to work when the shooting began. Police identified the other victims as Nicole Connors, 52. Mary Marshall, 34; Susan Karnatsu, 49; and James Roger Thompson, 16. Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, was injured and was hospitalized in serious condition on Friday. A second officer, Casey Joseph Clark, 33, was injured and released from hospital, and the teenager, who was not immediately identified by police, escaped the police for hours and two miles (3 kilometers) — Patterson was arrested before being locked up at home. said. Government Roy Cooper called the shooting “an angry and tragic act of gun violence.” “Today we are sad and angry and want to know the answers to all our questions,” Cooper said. “I think we all know the core truth: Neighbors, parents, children, grandparents, no one in their community should feel this fear.” Gunshots occurred in a residential area in the northeast around 5 p.m. Thursday. Downtown Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said. Police officers from numerous law enforcement agencies swept the area, closing roads and warning residents to stay inside while looking for a shooting club. The Neuse River Greenway, a walking and biking trail, is right behind a nearby home. The trail runs about 43 kilometers along the river and connects to the state’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail, popular with hikers. The back of the neighborhood is paved and stretches along a grassy slope from the house. Karnatz’s husband Tom Karnatz said she was an avid runner, often running on greenways. “He said with tears when she visited her family’s home on her Friday. “She really breaks her heart and I miss her.” The driveway had 26.2 stickers that match the silver minivan and Toyota Camry. They represent miles of the marathon. The minivan’s license plate simply reads “RUNNR.” Woodrow Glass, a 74-year-old retiree and Connors neighbor. said she talked to her almost every day when she took her little dog for a walk: “She was friendly with everyone in the neighborhood , talking to everyone … really respected here and we miss her We will do it,” Baldwin said. The shooting created a need to “end the pointless gun violence that now dominates our country and our city.” “We have to do something,” he said in a statement on Friday, saying that he and First Lady Jill Biden are mourning with the families of the victims and that his administration is working closely with Cooper to help local authorities investigate. “I am thinking of another community grieving at the loss of friends and neighbors, including off-duty police officers,” he said. I grieved and prayed.” Under North Carolina law, crimes committed by a 15-year-old boy are usually adjudicated in juvenile court, but a juvenile court judge may decide that a 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder and the judge decides that the boy has committed the offense. The boy can be tried as an adult until the boy can be tried as an adult. Authorities have not commented on what charges the teenager could be charged with. Five people were killed in a Sunday shooting at a home in Inman, South Carolina. Two police officers were shot dead in Connecticut Wednesday night after appearing to be ambushed by emergency calls about possible domestic violence. Police officers were shot in Greenville, Mississippi this week: Decatur, Illinois; Philadelphia, Las Vegas and central Florida. According to the Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Genocide Database, Thursday’s violence was the 25th genocide in 2022, killing victims by gunshots, killing four or more people excluding the perpetrators. Sara Cutter, 31, said she felt “an lingering sadness over Raleigh” as she walked the greenway about a mile from where the shooting took place, which she said prevented her from using the trail. “I’ve seen a few dark faces during my walks today, but it’s also nice to meet people. Community — that’s going to get us through,” he said. was corrected to correct the spelling of Nicole Connors’ surname: ___ Press reporter Denise Lavoie of Richmond, VA; Stefanie Dazio of Los Angeles and Michael Kunzelman of Silver Spring, MD contributed to this report.
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