Five people were killed and two others were critically injured in a mass shooting in Raleigh on Thursday evening.
According to the Raleigh Police Department, the following five people were killed in the shooting:
Nicole Connors, 52 years old
Susan Karnatz (49),
35-year-old Mary Marshall
Gabriel Torres, 29 years old
16-year-old James Thompson
These two others were hurt and are still being treated at WakeMed:
59-year-old Marcille Gardner
The 15-year-old suspect in the shooting
Two of the victims were officers of the law.
Gabriel Torres was a retired officer who had previously served in the Marine Corps. He was married with a small daughter. He was killed while on his way to work.
“This is a very, very painful event for our officers and myself,” RPD Chief Estella Patterson said. “What happened took me completely by surprise and shocked me.”
Casey Joseph Clark, 33, is a K-9 handler who was injured in the shooting but has since been released.
James Thompson, a 16-year-old junior at Knightdale High School, was the victim.
“This is an extremely difficult time for our school community as well as the larger Raleigh community,” Principal Keith Richardson said in a letter to parents. He went on to say that counselors and the District Crisis Team would be on campus for the next week to help anyone who needed it.
Susan Karnatz was married with three sons, ages ten, thirteen, and fourteen. She was a runner as well.
Mary Marshall was about to marry. She was also only 10 days away from turning 35.
According to her fiancé, Robert Steele, she was shot and killed while walking their dog.
“She was always pleasant and pleasant. When we weren’t at home, she would put packages in our house and leave a note on the door. You know what I mean?” Marshall’s neighbor, Sherron McDonald, said.
Nicole Connors’ husband discovered his wife and their dog, Sammy, shot to death in the street. A neighbor was injured and was lying next to them on the ground.
“Several families in our community are waking up without their loved ones this morning,” Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said. “No one knows what they’re going through.”
According to investigators, the 15-year-old shooting suspect is a male.
He began shooting around 5 p.m. Thursday near the Neuse River Greenway in the Hedingham neighborhood near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive, according to investigators.
The terror of an active shooting situation lasted several hours, with police cordoning off a two-mile area to keep the situation under control.
The 15-year-old was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Old Milburnie Road and McConnel Oliver Drive. He was brought in with life-threatening injuries, and by Friday morning, investigators said he was in critical condition at WakeMed.
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