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    Teen kills two in neighbourhood, three more along greenway

    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (AP) – A 15-year-old boy fatally shot two people in the streets of a neighbourhood in North Carolina’s capital city, then fled toward a walking trail, where he opened fire, killing three more people and wounding two, police said yesterday.

    Raleigh police chief Estella Patterson said the suspect is hospitalised in critical condition following the shooting on Thursday.

    Those killed were a racially diverse group and ranged in age from 16 to their late 50s, Patterson said during a news conference. Among the dead was off-duty Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres, who was on his way to work when the shooting began.

    A second police officer was wounded and released from the hospital, while a 59-year-old woman is hospitalised in critical condition.

    The suspect, who was not immediately identified by police, eluded officers for hours before he was cornered in a home and arrested, police said.

    Police gather at the Aldi on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina. PHOTO: AP

    The shooting set off a massive police response and manhunt, with police scouring an area of over three kilometres to find and capture the suspect, Patterson said. She said authorities have not yet determined any motive for the shooting.

    Governor Roy Cooper called the shooting an “infuriating and tragic act of gun violence”.

    The gunfire broke out around 5pm in a residential area northeast of downtown, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said.

    Officers from numerous law enforcement agencies swarmed the area, closing roads and warning residents to stay inside while they searched for the shooter.

    The Neuse River Greenway runs just behind the backs of houses in the Hedingham neighbourhood where the shooting began.

    The trail runs about 43 kilometres along the river and connects to the state’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail that’s popular with through hikers. The stretch behind the neighbourhood is paved and lies down a grassy slope from the houses.

    The Raleigh shooting was the latest in a violent week across the United States. Five people were killed last Sunday in a shooting at a home in Inman, South Carolina. On Wednesday night two police officers were fatally shot in Connecticut after apparently being drawn into an ambush by an emergency call about possible domestic violence. Police officers have been shot this week in Greenville, Mississippi; Decatur, Illinois; Philadelphia, Las Vegas and central Florida. Two of those officers, one in Greenville and one Las Vegas, were killed.

    Thursday’s violence was the 25th mass killing in 2022 in which the victims were fatally shot, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killings database. A mass killing is defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator.

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