What we know about the Raleigh NC shooting, suspect, victims


Coverage of the Raleigh shooting

Seven people were shot in Raleigh, North Carolina near the Neuse River Greenway trail. Five were killed, including a Raleigh police officer. Check back for the latest updates from The N&O breaking news team.

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In an event that shocked and saddened the Triangle, seven people were shot – five fatally – Thursday in northeast Raleigh near the Neuse River Greenway.

One of those killed was an off-duty Raleigh police officer. One of the two injured is also a policeman, but he was released from the hospital.

Five victims were named Friday morning.

A suspect was in custody as of 9:37 p.m. Thursday, police said.

City leaders held three press conferences to provide updates on the shooting that took place in the Hedingham area.

“You pray that something like this never happens here. He did,” Baldwin said.

Here’s what we know Friday from press briefings, releases and other reports.

Who were the victims filmed in Raleigh, North Carolina?

Five people were killed, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer. City officials announced five dead Friday morning: They are

James Thompson

Two other people were injured and taken to hospital.

  • Senior Officer Casey Joseph Clark, 33, was shot and sustained non-critical injuries. He was discharged from WakeMed Hospital.
  • Marcille Gardner, 59, was also injured and remains in critical condition, officials said Friday morning.

“It’s a tragic day,” Baldwin said. “Raleigh Police have lost one of their own.”

Clockwise from top left, Nicole Connors, Susan Karnatz, Gabriel Jesús Torres and Mary Beth Marshall were all killed Thursday night, Oct. 13, 2022, in the Hedingham neighborhood of Raleigh.

Who is the suspect?

As of 8 p.m., Raleigh police had a “confined” suspect. At 9:37 p.m. the suspect was in custody and was taken to WakeMed Hospital.

Sources have confirmed to The News & Observer that the suspect is Austin Thompson, 15, a sophomore at Knightdale High School and brother of 16-year-old shooting victim James Thompson.

Austin Thompson is hospitalized in critical condition at WakeMed, where he was taken after being captured by police Thursday night following a “long standoff”, Police Chief Estella Patterson said.

The nature of his injuries has not been disclosed.

The brothers lived in the Hedingham neighborhood.

A Raleigh firefighter cleans the porch at 5355 Sahalee Way Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina, after five people were killed in the Hedingham neighborhood yesterday, including an off-duty police officer. Robert Willette rwillett@newsobserver.com

When will the suspect be charged?

On Friday afternoon, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The News & Observer that she plans to pursue adult charges in this case. She has already taken the first steps in this process by filing a motion for a probable cause hearing.

“In this situation, there is no doubt that the massive loss of life, in my opinion, this case should be transferred and tried in higher court,” Freeman said.

Those hearings usually take place within 15 days of the incident, Freeman said, but given the suspect’s current medical condition, that time frame could be delayed.

“In this situation, there is no doubt that the massive loss of life, in my opinion, this case should be transferred and tried in higher court,” Freeman said.

What is the timeline of the shooting and aftermath?


5:13 p.m. Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications receives a call about a fatality near the 6000 block of Osprey Cove Drive. The road is in the Hedingham subdivision in northeast Raleigh with houses attached to the Neuse River Greenway Trail. The greenway, which is part of the path from the mountains to the sea, follows the river Neuse.

5:55 p.m. On Twitterthe Raleigh Police Department says it’s at the scene of an active shootout in the neighborhood and advises residents near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive to stay home.

6:49 p.m. Raleigh police issue a warning for an area just over a mile away, tell people in the area of ​​McConnell Oliver Drive, Tarheel Club Road and Old Milburnie Road to stay indoors. Drivers are urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

6:54 p.m. Governor Roy Cooper tweets that he spoke with Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and “directed state law enforcement to provide assistance in responding to the active shooter in East Raleigh”.

Around 20h Raleigh police have a suspect ‘confined’ to an area residence, they report later.

Visibly shaken, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin announces that several people were shot and at least five people were killed on the Neuse River Greenway Thursday afternoon. Baldwin announced the news during a press briefing at the Raleigh Municipal Building on Thursday, October 13, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

9:04 p.m. During a press conference, Reports from Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin Baldwin that five people were killed, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer. She said two other people were taken to WakeMed, including another police officer with non-life-threatening injuries.

9:37 p.m. In a Twitter post, Raleigh Police says a suspect is now in custody.

10:51 p.m. In a press conference, Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo said the suspect in the shooting was a “young white male” and an officer who was shot had already been released from the hospital. Borneo would not give details of the suspicious motives. He also says that the police Chef Estella Patterson Patterson is currently on a flight back to Raleigh after attending a pro conference.

This section of the News River Greenway was reopened on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022 after being cleared by the Raleigh Fire Department, and police have completed their investigation into the deaths of five people, including an off-duty police officer yesterday. Robert Willette rwillett@newsobserver.com


7 a.m. Raleigh Police seem to seek a house on Sahalee Way in the Hedingham area.

8:40 am Baldwin and other city officials name the five people killed.

8:55 The Raleigh Police Protective Association says he is working on setting up a fundraiser for the family of Officer Gabriel Torres.

10:39 Governor Roy Cooper announces that the flags will fly at half mast‘ to honor the victims of the shooting.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper walks through the Raleigh Municipal Building following a press briefing on a shooting that killed five Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina Kaitlin McKeown

12:53 p.m. President Joe Biden releases statement on shooting. “We cried and prayed with too many families who had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings. Too many families have had spouses, parents and children taken away from them forever. Biden calls Congress enact an assault weapons ban. Raleigh police did not say what type of weapon was used in the shooting.

2 p.m. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The News & Observer she plans to seek adult charges against the suspected shooter.

2:15 p.m. Sources confirm to The News & Observer that the suspect in the shooting is 15-year-old Austin Thompson, brother of 16-year-old James Thompson, one of the five people killed. A A sophomore at Knightdale High School, Austin Thompson is in critical condition at WakeMed.

Tyler Dukes contributed to this story

This story was originally published October 14, 2022 1:10 a.m.

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Colleen Hammond is a recent graduate of Duquesne University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She previously covered breaking news, local government, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial issues for the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

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