5 dead in Raleigh, NC, shooting, says mayor – Boston News, Weather, Sports

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(CNN) — Five people — including an off-duty police officer — died after a shooting Thursday in east Raleigh, North Carolina, according to Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin.

Two people were taken to hospital, Baldwin said, one of whom was a Raleigh K9 officer with non-life-threatening injuries.

By 8 p.m., police had confined a suspect to an area residence, Baldwin said. Lt. Jason Borneo, spokesman for the RPD, confirmed that the suspect was “in confinement”, but did not identify the person.

“This is a sad and tragic day for the city of Raleigh,” Baldwin said. “All of us in Raleigh right now need to come together. We need to support those in our community who have suffered terrible loss. The loss of a loved one. We must support the family of the policeman who was killed as well as the policeman who was shot. »

The hours-long ordeal and subsequent search for the suspect began shortly after 5pm when several people were shot dead in the Hedingham area. Earlier helicopter footage from CNN affiliate WRAL-TV showed more than a dozen emergency vehicles lined up on a road through a wooded area.

A woman who was at the Hedingham Golf Club driving range said a ‘relentless stream of police’ was passing through the area. “A golf professional came to tell us to shelter inside or leave as soon as possible,” she told CNN. “They were very calm, but I could tell something was wrong, so we left straight away.”

Police tweeted shortly before 6 p.m. that officers were “at the scene of an active shooting in the Neuse River Greenway area near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive.”

At around 8:30 p.m., the police advised residents to stay at home”until further notice.”

Many local and state law enforcement agencies assist Raleigh Police, including the Charlotte Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted he spoke with the mayor and “directed state law enforcement to provide assistance in responding to the active shooter in East Raleigh”.

“State and local officers are on the ground working to arrest the shooter and keep people safe,” the governor said.

Baldwin said the investigation remains “active” and officials are expected to have another briefing at 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

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