Raleigh shooting suspect identified as younger brother of slain victim, law enforcement source says

Suspected gunman in Thursday’s fatality mass shooting In Raleigh, North Carolina, one of five people killed in the violence has been identified as the younger brother, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News. The suspect, identified as a 15-year-old boy, is the brother of 16-year-old James Roger Thompson, reports CBS News’ Pat Milton.

CBS News is not naming the suspect because of his age.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the suspect was in critical condition. According to a law enforcement source, the suspect suffered an apparently self-inflicted wound.

In addition to Thompson, three women and a man were killed in the shooting, police said. He was identified as 52-year-old Nicole Connors; Susan Karnatz, 49; Mary Marshall, 34; and Raleigh Officer Gabriel Torres, 29, who was off duty at the time, Patterson said. Torres was on his way to work when he died.

Patterson said a 59-year-old woman was injured in the shooting and was in critical condition.

The firing took place in the residential area of ​​Raleigh. The chief said that the crime scene covered an area of ​​more than 2 miles.

“This is an extremely, extremely painful event for our officers, for me, for this entire community,” she said.

Officers were working on the suspect’s charges, Patterson said, adding that the investigation into the shooting was ongoing.

“My heart is heavy because we don’t have an answer as to why this tragedy happened,” Patterson said.

Governor Roy Cooper said on Friday that questions related to the shooting would be answered in due course of time.

“But I think we all know the basic truth: No neighborhood, no parents, no kids, no grandparents, no one should feel this fear in their communities,” Cooper said. Told. “nobody.”

President Biden said Friday that he and First Lady Jill Biden “great with the families in Raleigh.”

“We look to another community that is shaken and shattered as they mourn the loss of friends and neighbors,” Mr Biden said in a statement.

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