Five people are dead, including a police officer, after an hour-long shooting Thursday that unfolded in a residential area of Raleigh, North Carolina, officials said.
Among the dead is an unidentified Raleigh Police Department officer, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said at a press conference Thursday night. More than an hour after police said they confined the suspect to an area residence, the Raleigh Police Department tweeted that they have the suspect in custody.
Another Raleigh officer was one of two people injured in the incident, Baldwin said. This officer, a K9 officer, suffered no life-threatening injuries and was released from hospital on Thursday evening. The other injured person was in critical condition, Lt. Jason Borneo said.
The suspect is a young white man, Borneo said, but did not specify his age.
“All of us in Raleigh right now need to come together,” Baldwin said. “We need to support those in our community who have suffered a terrible loss, the loss of a loved one.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said multiple law enforcement agencies were responding to the incident. The Charlotte Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said special agents are also responding.
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“This is a senseless, horrific and maddening act of violence that has been committed,” Cooper said at a press conference.
An investigation is ongoing but there is no longer an active threat to the community, Borneo said.
Police closed several streets in the area and numerous law enforcement vehicles were seen parked both on the street and in the driveways of two-story houses. The neighborhood borders the Neuse River Greenway Trail, which is about 9 miles northeast of downtown Raleigh.
Baldwin denounced gun violence in the country and said more needed to be done to stem it.
“We need to wake up,” she said. “I don’t want any other mayors standing here on the podium with broken hearts because members of their community needlessly and tragically died today.”
Contributor: The Associated Press