Raleigh shooting: A juvenile suspect could face trial as an adult in North Carolina, says Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman

RALEIGH, NC– As Raleigh Police continue to investigate after Thursday mass shooting In which five people died and two others were injured, speculation swirls about the young suspect and his possible motives.

Police confirm the suspect is a 15-year-old boy. He is in critical condition at the hospital, according to Raleigh Police.

It is not clear if he injured himself or was injured when officers took him into custody Thursday night.

The suspect is related to one of the victims.

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Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Friday, “Because of the mass deaths and violence here, we intend to indict him as an adult and bring this case to the Supreme Court.”

Freeman added that the maximum sentence would be life without parole if tried as an adult. WTVD reports.

“This is the first time in the 25 years I’ve worked in the criminal justice system that we’ve had this type of mass shooting, so there’s no question for us and the community that so many people today woke up without love at the same time because of senseless violence,” Freeman said. “This is a different kind of case, no doubt.”

She also said state law makes all petitions confidential.

She added that the suspect would be entitled to a probable cause hearing (which could be changed based on his or her mental health or physical condition) within 15 days of service.

Freeman said the suspect has not been served since he was hospitalized.

Raleigh Police said Friday morning these five people were the victims who died in the shooting:

  • Nicole Connors, 52
  • Susanne Karnatz, 49
  • Maria Marshal, 35
  • Gabriel Torres, 29
  • James Thompson, 16

These other two were injured and remain with WakeMed:

  • Marcille Gardner, 59
  • The 15-year-old allegedly shoots

Two of the victims were police officers.

Gabriel Torres was an off-duty officer who was killed in the shooting. He was on his way to work when he was gunned down.

“This is an extremely, extremely painful event for our officers and myself,” said RPD chief Estella Patterson. “I was immediately surprised, shocked by what happened.”

Casey Joseph Clark, 33, is a K-9 handler who was injured in the shooting but has since been discharged from the hospital.

The 16-year-old victim, James Thompson, was a junior at Knightdale High School.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for our school community as well as the broader Raleigh community,” said Principal Keith Richardson wrote in a statement to parents. He went on to say that counselors and the District Crisis Team would be available on campus for the next week to support anyone who needs help.

“There are several families in our community who are waking up this morning without their loved ones,” said Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor of Raleigh. “Nobody can imagine what they are all going through.”

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