A 15-year-old suspect was in critical condition Friday following a fatal shooting in North Carolina that killed five people, including a police officer, Raleigh’s police chief said.
The suspect was taken into custody, Raleigh Police Department Chief Estella Patterson said at a Friday news conference. She did not say how the suspect was critically injured and said police are still investigating a motive for the shooting.
The shooting happened along a walking trail in residential neighborhood of North Carolina’s capital city Thursday. The suspected shooter eluded officers for hours before he was arrested, authorities said.
“My heart is heavy because we don’t have answers as to why this tragedy occurred,” Patterson said.
Here’s what’s known about the shooting.
What happened in the Raleigh shooting?
The shooting started Thursday around 5 p.m. along the Neuse River Greenway, a residential area northeast of downtown Raleigh, said Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin at a news conference Thursday.
People were told to stay in their homes as police searched for the shooter. The crime scene stretched for two miles, Patterson said Friday. Hours after shooting began, multiple law enforcement agencies cornered the shooter in a home and arrested him before 9:40 p.m.
Two people were hospitalized, including another police officer. The officer was later released. The other injured victim, a 59-year-old, remained in critical condition Friday, Patterson said.
Was the shooter identified?
Authorities described the shooter as a white 15-year-old male. He was hospitalized in critical condition, according to Patterson. His name was not released and Patterson did not say how the suspect was injured.
Who were the victims?
The five people killed were between 16 and 52 years old, according to Patterson. Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres, 29, was killed whole on his way to work, she said.
What was the shooter’s motive?
Investigators had not determined a motive for the shooting Friday, Patterson said.
Was this considered a mass shooting?
Thursday’s shooting was this year’s 25th mass killing in which the victims were fatally shot, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killings database.
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A mass killing is defined as when four or more people are killed, excluding the perpetrator.
Contributing: The Associated Press