According to the statements made by police on Thursday, the 15-year-old suspect in the recent mass shooting in Raleigh began the attack by murdering his older sibling.
On October 13, Austin Thompson fatally shot and stabbed his brother James, who was 16 years old, before abandoning his corpse in their home in the Hedingham district of Raleigh, according to a report that the Raleigh Police Department sent to the city manager of Raleigh.
Thompson is under 18, so the police didn’t name him as the suspect. However, his parents did in an emotional letter that came out on Tuesday.
According to the complaint, law enforcement officers spotted the boy around 90 minutes after he began firing his weapon. After being surrounded by law enforcement in a barn, the suspect reportedly began firing on them. Officer Casey Clark was hit by gunfire and taken to the hospital, but he was treated and discharged the same day.
The Raleigh police department fired back. The number of rounds fired was recorded at 23, and two cops have been put on administrative leave as a result.
According to the complaint, law enforcement personnel entered the barn around three hours after the incident, when they discovered Thompson suffering from a gunshot wound. On Thursday, he was still in a nearby hospital, where his condition remained serious.
According to the authorities, after Thompson had murdered his brother, he then proceeded to shoot and kill Nicole Connors, 52, an off-duty Raleigh police officer named Gabriel Torres, 29, Mary Marshall, 34, and Susan Karnatz, 49. According to the authorities, he also murdered Connors’ dog.
According to the article, Marcille Lynn Gardner, who is 60 years old and was injured in the incident, remained hospitalized on Thursday in critical but stable condition.
“There does not appear to be any connection between the victims … other than they lived in the same neighborhood,” police said.