Five people including an off-duty police officer have been shot dead and several more injured in Raleigh, North Carolina, officials say.
Police say a suspect has been arrested.
The mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, addressed a shooting that occurred near the Neuse River Greenway on Tuesday. The shooting happened around 9 p.m. and was a close distance to downtown Raleigh as well as NC State University and the Capitol building.
We’re still waiting for an official motive, but the Raleigh Police Lieutenant said it will probably “come to bear” in the coming days.
“Tonight, terror has reached our doorstep. The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference.
The shooting broke out just after 17:00 EDT (21:00 GMT).
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin later reported that the gunman was being “contained in a residence in the area” by police.
Raleigh police then tweeted that the suspect had been taken into custody.
The gunman, a “white male juvenile”, was taken into custody by the police.
Two police officers, including one other officer, were wounded and taken to the hospital, Mayor
A woman remains in critical condition after being stabbed and shot in the neck. One suspect is said to be still at large, but a number of arrests have been made so far.
Mass shootings have been a problem in America for quite some time.
A new report released by the Gun Violence Archive reveals that 34,000 people were killed in shootings in the US between January 2018 and February 2019. Suicide is responsible for more than half of these deaths.
“We must stop this mindless violence in America. We must address gun violence. We have much to do, and tonight we have much to mourn,” Governor Cooper said.