Five people, including an off-duty police officer, were killed and two others were injured in a shooting Thursday evening in a residential area in Raleigh, North Carolina. A suspect described as a white male teen has been taken into custody.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said during a news conference Thursday night that nine Raleigh Police officers were among the two injured. Raleigh Police Lieutenant Jason Borneo said later Thursday night that the wounded officer had been treated and discharged from hospital.
The second injured victim was hospitalized in critical condition, Borneo said.
Baldwin said the shooting took place just after 5 p.m. local time along the News River Greenway Trail in the East Raleigh neighborhood of Headingham.
The suspect was taken into custody at 9:37 p.m. with Borneo saying “there is no active, ongoing threat.” Baldwin said the suspect was “implied in a residence in the area” by both local and federal law enforcement the night before.
No details were given about the circumstances or possible motive of the shooting.
As the situation unfolded, Raleigh Police initially reported That “multiple law enforcement agencies” had responded to “active shooting”. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted It was just after 7:30 p.m. that its special agents were responding to the “active shooter scene”.
were resident police advice “To stay in their homes,” while drivers were also told to avoid the area.
Nearby Headingham Golf Club told CBS affiliate WNCN-TV that it closed the club and forced all golfers off the course.
“Tonight, terror has reached our doorstep,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a second news briefing late Thursday. “The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless, horrific and brutal act of violence that has been committed.”