The suspect of a shooting that killed five people including an off-duty police officer in North Carolina’s capital city on Thursday has been taken into custody after a manhunt, according to police.
Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin confirmed that five people were killed when a gunman opened fire just after 5 p.m. at the Neuse River Greenway in east Raleigh.
Another police officer was among those transported to an area hospital, but did not have life-threatening injuries, she said.
Police closed sections of the area and advised residents to stay inside while they hunted the suspect down and contained him in a residence before arresting him sometime before 10 p.m., police said.
The suspect has been taken into custody.
— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) October 14, 2022
“This is a sad and tragic day for the City of Raleigh,” Baldwin told reporters at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday night while the suspect was still at large.
“At about 8 p.m., Raleigh Police reported that they had a suspect contained in a residence in the area. Raleigh Police are being assisted by numerous local and state law enforcement agencies,” she added.
Baldwin thanked the police officers “who even now, right now, are protecting us, and putting themselves in harm’s way to arrest the suspect.”
“We really appreciate them,” she added.
Lt. Jason Borneo of the Raleigh Police Department said it was a tragic day for the police department and asked for prayers.
Borneo said Police Chief Estella Patterson was returning to Raleigh from a professional conference and was being provided “minute-by-minute” updates on the evolution of what was then an active investigation.
As of the 8:30 p.m. press conference, Borneo was unable to provide further details about the conditions of the victims nor whether law enforcement had established communication with the suspect.
“What we know, as the mayor has said, [is] that the suspect is contained. That suspect is contained,” he said at the time.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, praised law enforcement for capturing the suspect.
“The swift and coordinated efforts of local and state law enforcement have the suspect in custody and we are thankful for their efforts. We mourn for the victims of this horrific and infuriating act of violence,” he said on Twitter.
The swift and coordinated efforts of local and state law enforcement have the suspect in custody and we are thankful for their efforts. We mourn for the victims of this horrific and infuriating act of violence. – RC
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) October 14, 2022
Earlier, before the suspect was taken into custody, Raleigh’s mayor called for the community to rally behind the families of the victims.
“All of us in Raleigh right now need to come together. We need to support those in our community who have suffered a terrible loss, a loss of a loved one. We need to support the family of the police officer who was killed and also the police officer who was shot,” Baldwin said.
The mayor also called for an end to “mindless violence in America,” saying “we must do more.”