Raleigh shooting suspect killed brother first, police say

The 15-year-old suspect in the recent Raleigh mass shooting started the attack by killing his older brother, police said Thursday.

Austin Thompson fatally shot and stabbed his 16-year-old brother, James, on Oct. 13 before leaving his body at their home in the Hedingham neighborhood of Raleigh, police said in a report filed with Raleigh’s city manager.

Raleigh Police are checking residents of the Hedingham borough after the Oct. 13 shooting.

Police did not name Thompson as a suspect because he is under 18, but his parents identified him in an emotional letter on Tuesday.

Police found the teen about 90 minutes after he opened fire, according to the report. Officers cornered him in a shed where he opened fire, police said. The gunfire injured Officer Casey Clark, who was released from a hospital that same night.

Raleigh police returned fire. Police counted 23 shots and two officers were given administrative leave.

Law enforcement officers gather outside an armored vehicle in Raleigh on Oct. 13.

About three hours after the confrontation, officers entered the barn and found Thompson with a gunshot wound, the report said. He was in critical condition at a local hospital on Thursday.

Authorities said that after Thompson killed his brother, he fatally shot Nicole Connors, 52; off duty Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres, 29; Mary Marshall, 34; and Susan Karnatz, 49. He also killed Connors’ dog, police said.

In this aerial drone shot, officers work at the Raleigh shooting scene.

Marcille Lynn Gardner, a 60-year-old woman injured in the shooting, remained in hospital in a critical but stable condition, according to the report.

“There does not appear to be any connection between the victims… other than that they lived in the same area,” police said.

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