Five, including a police officer, killed in North Carolina shooting: Mayor


A North Carolina mayor announced that five people, including a police officer, were killed in a shooting in a residential area.

Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin told reporters that several people had been shot on the Neuse River Greenway around 5 p.m., and that around 8 p.m., police told her that the suspect was “locked up” in a residence in the area.

Numerous police vehicles and multiple ambulances had flooded the Hedingham area by late afternoon, and officers remained in place for hours during an apparent manhunt. Details of what happened remained scarce at the beginning of the evening.

“Government and local officers are on the scene and working to stop the gunman and protect people,” Governor Roy Cooper had tweeted shortly before 7 p.m.

Earlier, WakeMed Hospital spokesman Deb Laughery said at least four people involved in the shooting were being treated at the hospital, but no other information was immediately available.

Police closed several streets in the area and numerous police vehicles were seen both on the street and in the driveways of two-storey houses. The neighborhood borders the Neuse River Greenway Trail and is about 9 miles from downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh police said it was “at the scene of an active shooting” in a statement via Twitter, advising residents in multiple neighborhoods to stay indoors.

Brooke Medina was driving home around 5:15 p.m. when she saw about two dozen police cars, both marked and unmarked, racing toward her neighborhood as she came off the highway. Then she saw ambulances driving the other way, toward the nearest hospital.

She and her husband, who worked from home with their four children, began reaching out to neighbors and realized there was a shelter order.

The family closed all their blinds, locked the doors and gathered in an upstairs hallway, said Medina, who works as the vice president of communications at a think tank. The family listened to the police scanner and watched the local news before heading back downstairs when the danger appeared to be further from their home.

“We’re going to crouch down for the rest of the night and be very vigilant. Keep all our lights on, doors locked,” she said.

She described Hedingham as a sprawling, dense, tree-lined neighborhood full of single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes that are more reasonably priced compared to other parts of the Raleigh area.

Medina said she often takes her kids on bike rides along the greenway during the day, but she usually brings pepper spray just in case.

“There are many places where you could disappear,” she said.



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