Five people, including an off-duty police officer, were shot and killed in the North Carolina capital Raleigh on Thursday, setting off a massive manhunt that shut down part of the city for hours and resulted in the arrest of one minor suspect, authorities said.
Two people were injured: a police officer who was treated and released and one person in hospital in critical condition, a police spokesman said.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the manhunt, turning neighborhoods into crime scenes inundated with first responders. Citizens were told to shelter in place.
The shooting broke out on or near the Neuse River Greenway, a trail that runs through part of the city. About three hours later, police said they “contained” the suspect at a residence near a wooded area, later reporting that the suspect, described only as a young white man, was taken into custody.
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin denounced the latest outbreak of gun violence in the United States, while North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper lamented that “terror has come to our door.”
“The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless, horrific and infuriating act of violence that has been committed,” Cooper said at a late-night news conference.
Media reported that the shooter used a long gun. Police did not provide details on how the shooting unfolded or the circumstances of the suspect’s capture.
Like other informants to reporters, Baldwin seemed hurt and angry.
“We must do more. We must stop this senseless violence in America. We must address gun violence,” the mayor said.