An armed 15-year-old boy killed at least five people, including an off-duty police officer, in a mass shooting Thursday evening in Raleigh, N.C., before being taken into custody, reports the Wall Street Journal. The incident occurred in the Hedingham neighborhood in the northeast section of the city. The shooting began around 5 p.m., CNN reports. Authorities asked residents to remain in their homes as the incident unfolded. Four people were being treated for gunshot wounds at WakeMed’s trauma center. Police took the suspect into custody at 9:37 p.m., said Lt. Jason Borneo, a police spokesman. He described the suspect as a white, male juvenile and declined to discuss a possible motive. Borneo said that another police officer was injured and was treated at a hospital. “When we lose one of our own, it is a tragic, heartbreaking day for all of us,” Borneo said.
Several witnesses told ltelevision station WRAL that they had seen a young male dressed in camouflage clothing and holding a long gun as he walked through the neighborhood. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he was grateful for the coordinated efforts of law enforcement in responding to the shooting. “Tonight terror has reached our doorstep,” Cooper said. “The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh.”