Police urge residents of Raleigh, North Carolina to take shelter after at least five people are shot dead — including an officer — as ‘camouflage-clad teen suspect barricades himself in nearby barn’
- Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, respond to reports of shooting, with unconfirmed reports saying a police officer has been killed
- Local media sources said five people were killed and the scene is still active
- Residents in the area of McConnell Oliver Drive, Tarheel Club Drive and Old Milburnie Road are advised to stay indoors
- ABC 11 News reported that the white teenage gunman, who was armed with a long rifle, barricaded himself in a shed
A teenage gunman has opened fire in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the first unconfirmed reports suggesting five people have been killed, including a police officer.
Eyewitnesses told WRAL they saw the gunman, dressed in camouflage clothing, squatting and said he was “between 13 and 16 years old.”
At 8 p.m., the local news channel reported that the gunman had been captured. His condition was unknown, but he was alive, WRAL confirmed.
The station broadcasted footage of the scene showing the police officer’s car riddled with bullets.
A second officer was allegedly shot and injured.
Raleigh City Councilman Corey Branch told ABC 11 that he knew two officers had been shot but wasn’t sure how many other victims there were. WRAL said four people had been taken to WakeMed hospital.
One of the officers who was shot was off duty and on his way to work when they encountered the armed suspect, the news channel reported.
They said the suspect was a white teenager armed with a long pistol.
Residents of the Eastern District of Raleigh are told to stay indoors, amid reports of an active gunman
ABC 11 said there was a standoff leading up to the teen’s arrest, with the suspect barricaded in a barn.
A drone was sent into the shed to try to negotiate with the suspect, but the drone was not working properly, the station said.
The first reports of a shooting came in just before 6 p.m. local time.
“Raleigh Police are currently at the scene of an active shooting in the Neuse River Greenway area near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive,” the police tweeted.
‘Residents in that area are advised to stay in their homes.’
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted: “I have spoken with Mayor Baldwin and directed state law enforcement to assist in responding to the active gunman in East Raleigh.
“Government and local agents are on the scene, working to stop the gunman and protect people. – RC’
Deborah Ross, a congressman whose district includes Raleigh, tweeted, “My office and I are actively monitoring this situation. Avoid these areas, stay indoors and follow @RaleighPolice’s guidelines.”
The roads in the area were reopened around 8:15 p.m.
Police said they would hold a press conference at 8:30 p.m.