Raleigh shooting suspect’s family say ‘never any indications or warning signs’


Parents of the 15-year-old suspected of killing five people, including a police officer, on a nature trail in Raleigh, North Carolina, said there were ‘no indications or warning signs’ that their son “was able to do anything”. like that.”

“Words cannot begin to describe our anguish and grief,” Alan and Elise Thompson said in a statement released Tuesday. “Our son Austin has inflicted immeasurable pain on the Raleigh community, and we are overwhelmed with grief for the innocent lives lost. We pray for the families and loved ones of Nicole Conners, Susan Karnatz, Mary Marshall and Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres. We mourn for their loss and for the loss of our son, James.”

“We pray for Marcille ‘Lynn’ Gardner and Raleigh Police Officer Casey Clark to make full recoveries from their injuries, and we pray for all those who have been traumatized by these senseless acts of violence,” they continued. “We have so many unanswered questions. There have never been any indications or warning signs that Austin was capable of doing something like this. Our family will continue to cooperate fully with enforcement officials. laws and will do everything we can to help them understand why and how this happened.”

ABC News is not naming the underage suspects until their parents release a public statement identifying them.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody with life-threatening injuries following a confrontation with police last Thursday after the shooting, according to a memo released by the Department of Homeland Security and obtained by ABC News. It is unclear whether the suspect’s injuries were self-inflicted, the memo states.

Law enforcement at the scene of a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: Law enforcement stands at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway trail parking lot at Abington Lane following a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 13, 2022

Law enforcement stands at the entrance to the Neuse River Greenway trail parking lot at Abington Lane following a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 13, 2022.

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PHOTO: Crime scene tape is seen on Sahalee Way in the Hedingham neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15, 2022.

Crime scene tape is seen on Sahalee Way in the Hedingham neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15, 2022.

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The teen, who has not been named by authorities, was in hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries on Sunday, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News. Detectives believe the responding police shot the suspect, so officer-involved shooting protocols are being followed, the official said.

Among the victims was Officer Gabriel Torres, 29, who was on his way to work when he was fatally shot, according to Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson. Torres, a former Marine, was a husband with a young daughter, according to ABC station WTVD.

The other four killed were identified as Nicole Connors, 52; Susan Karnatz, 49; Marie Marshall, 34; and James Roger Thompson, 16.

Two people were also injured in the shooting, which took place near the Neuse River greenway trail, authorities said.

Chief Patterson will file a five-day report to the city manager on Thursday that will include a detailed outline of the events that occurred during the shooting, Julia Milstead, public information officer for the city of Raleigh, told ABC News.

The report will include details of the suspect’s injuries and the type of weapon that was used in the shooting, Milstead said.

ABC News’ Darren Reynolds, Julia Jacobo, Meredith Deliso, Morgan Winsor and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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