A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina, for allegedly fatally shooting five individuals and wounding two others.
Off-duty Raleigh police officer, Gabriel Torres, 29, was on his way to work when he was fatally shot by the suspect, authorities said.
“[UNINTELLIGIBLE] just came through with a shotgun and shot my buddy. Get here ASAP,” a male caller may be heard telling a 911 dispatcher. “It’s an officer … he works for you.” Screaming can be heard in the background, according to a Fox News report.
“You said it’s an officer?” the emergency dispatcher asks.
“It’s an off-duty officer,” the caller repeats later. “He shot him for no reason.”
“Active shooter. Active shooter.”
The man informed dispatch that the shooter whom he said appeared to be around 13 was wearing camouflaged clothes.
A different 911 caller reportedly told the dispatcher: “We heard some shots outside and I looked out my window and there’s a … the neighbor is on the ground, I think.”
Five people were killed and two others wounded by the 15-year-old gunman who opened fire in Raleigh’s Hedingham and Greenway neighborhoods around 5 p.m. local time, police said. The suspect was “contained” inside a nearby home where he was arrested after being critically wounded, Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said Friday.
Police identified Nicole Conners, 52; Sue Karnatz, 49; Mary Marshall, 35; and James Roger Thompson, 16, as the fatal victims of the gunman.
“My heart is heavy, because we don’t have answers as to why this tragedy occurred,” said Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson.
Patterson said a police officer who was wounded has been released from a hospital. Another wounded victim, Marcille Lynn Gardner, 59, remains in critical condition, according to a CNN report.
Although the shooter was described as a juvenile by police, he will likely be tried as an adult under N.C. law.
“If a juvenile court judge finds probable cause that a juvenile who is 13 or older committed a Class A felony, such as first-degree murder, the judge must transfer the case to adult criminal court without a transfer hearing,” according to the N.C. Judicial Branch.
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