An active shooter situation that claimed the lives of five people in a woodsy neighborhood in Raleigh, N.C. came to an end when the alleged gunman, a teenager who was dressed in camouflage gear was taken into custody on Thursday night, an incident that badly rattled residents of the capital city which is already being rocked by a rise in violent crime.
Among those who were killed during the shocking rampage was an off-duty Raleigh police officer whose life was taken in what is being described by media as a mass shooting that shattered a calm day in the city’s Hedingham neighborhood along the Neuse River Trail.
While details remain unclear as to the exact sequence of events, residents and witnesses gave their accounts to the media.
“He had to be between 13 and 16 max,” a witness who saw the shooter said, according to Raleigh NBC affiliate WRAL. “He was a child. You just don’t imagine things like that. You hear about school shootings and stuff, but to really see something like that in your neighborhood is just …”
“He looked like a baby. I just don’t even have the words to explain. This is not OK,” said another witness.
(Video: The Daily Mail)
One Hedingham resident told WRAL that he called 911 at around 5 p.m. after hearing shots.
“I heard two gunshots, and they were really loud so I knew something was close by, and then I heard three other gunshots,” the man whose name is Robert said. “I saw him basically pass my house in the backyard. He had a long-barrel shotgun. He was dressed in camo. He had a full backpack on that was also camouflage.”
The bloody chain of events was set into motion when, according to police, the suspect opened fire on the off-duty officer who was sitting in his car outside of his home.
Residents in the neighborhood near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive were advised by police to remain in their homes as police searched for the shooter who was eventually arrested after barricading himself inside of a barn.
This remains an active investigation. No suspects are in custody at this time. Residents in the affected area are advised to remain in their homes until further notice.
— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) October 14, 2022
The names of the victims have not been released nor has a motive for the shootings been reported, at least three others were injured.
“Tonight, terror has reached our doorstep,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper during a news conference, “The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless, horrific and infuriating act of violence that has been committed.”
“This is a sad and tragic day for the city of Raleigh,” said the city’s Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “We must stop this mindless violence in America. We must address gun violence.”
“We have much to do. And tonight we have much to mourn,” Baldwin added.
The violence was described as a “heartbreaking day for our city” by Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo who added that every officer was a “brother” or a “sister” while addressing the “tragedy” of the loss of one of their own.
A news conference is scheduled for Friday morning where more details are likely to be revealed.
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