Raleigh mass shooting: 5 dead including off-duty cop, teen gunman arrested

Raleigh mass shooting: 5 dead including off-duty cop, teen gunman arrested
Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance arrived at the shooting area in Raleigh (ABC11/video screenshot and @JoshChapinABC11/Twitter video screenshot)

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: At least five people have been killed including a police officer after a teenage gunman opened fire in Raleigh, North Carolina on Thursday, October 13. Soon after the incident, multiple police vehicles and an ambulance arrived at the shooting area along Osprey Cove Drive at around 5:30 pm.

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The suspect was contained in a residence before police arrested him around 10 pm, reported AP. Authorities haven't revealed the suspect’s identity and motive. Meanwhile, WakeMed has received four patients injured in the shooting at their trauma center. Besides an off-duty Raleigh police officer who was shot dead while on their way to work, another K-9 officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, ABC11 reported. 

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There was a standoff that led to the teenage gunman being captured. The suspect was barricaded in a barn. A drone was sent into the barn to try and negotiate with the suspect but the drone reportedly malfunctioned. "I heard two gunshots, and they were really loud so I knew something was close by and then I heard three other gunshots," said Robert, a witness. "I saw him basically pass my house in the backyard. He had a long barrel shotgun. He was dressed in camo. He had a full backpack on that was also camouflage." Robert called 911 at about 5 pm. 

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About an hour ago, Knightdale, NC, wrote on Twitter, "Attention Knightdale residents: We have been actively monitoring the situation regarding the active shooter in eastern Raleigh, and we can now inform you that the suspect has been captured. There is no longer any threat to the public."


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Raleigh Police posted updates on the condition in a series of tweets. "The Raleigh Police Department is currently on the scene of an active shooting in the area of the Neuse River Greenway near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive. Residents in that area are advised to remain in their homes," they wrote. 


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Police have urged residents of certain areas to remain indoors. "Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in this investigation. We are advising residents in the area of Hedingham neighborhood to remain indoors," Raleigh Police tweeted. "Residents in the area of McConnell Oliver Drive, Tarheel Club Drive, and Old Milburnie Road are being advised to remain indoors. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes," Raleigh Police wrote in a separate tweet. 

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"This remains an active investigation. No suspects are in custody at this time. Residents in the affected area are advised to remain in their homes until further notice," police wrote. They urged residents to follow "the directions of law enforcement officials on the scene." Sections of the Hedingham neighborhood are still closed. 


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Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, tweeted, "I have spoken with Mayor Baldwin and instructed state law enforcement to provide assistance responding to the active shooter in East Raleigh. State and local officers are on the ground and working to stop the shooter and keep people safe. - RC".

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A resident, Victoria McGraw, told ABC11, "A lot of police activity, honestly I was actually in the house with my child, my oldest child, and we were hearing a lot of sirens and it was like, kind of alarming because it was more than a couple. The most alarming part had to be my youngest daughter, she was with her dad, and he just kept calling me, like what was going on, and he was seeing a flood of police officers coming in and that's when I looked outside and there were police officers up and down the street."

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