15-year-old Austin Thompson IDed as Raleigh rampage suspect: report

The 15-year-old boy who police say carried out the rampage in Raleigh, North Carolina, that left five dead and two others injured was identified as the younger brother of one of the casualties, according to a report.

Austin Thompson was behind the deadly shooting spree in east Raleigh that began around 5 p.m. Thursday, local station WRAL reported, citing anonymous sources.

The 15-year-old’s brother, James Roger Thompson, a junior at Knightdale High School, was identified earlier as the youngest of the five deceased victims.

Raleigh Police Chief Estelle Patterson named the other fatalities as off-duty officer Gabriel Torres, 29, Nicole Conners, 52, Mary Marshall, 35, and Susan Karnatz, 49.

K-9 Officer Casey Clark was wounded during the incident but has since been treated and released from the hospital.

Raleigh shooter Austin Thompson (circled) and his brother James.
Raleigh shooter Austin Thompson (circled) and his brother James.

Another surviving victim identified as Marcille Gardner, 59, remained in critical condition.

Witnesses said the shooter had been dressed in camouflage clothing with a backpack and black boots.PREVIOUS

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Authorities have identified 15-year-old Austin Thompson as the alleged gunman who shot and killed five people.
Authorities have identified 15-year-old Austin Thompson as the alleged gunman who shot and killed five people.
Neighbors react to the scene of shooting at Castle Pines Dr. and Sahalee Way in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Neighbors react to the scene of shooting at Castle Pines Dr. and Sahalee Way in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tom Karnatz, husband of Raleigh shooting victim Susan Karnatz, paid tribute to the mother of three on Facebook.
Tom Karnatz, husband of Raleigh shooting victim Susan Karnatz, paid tribute to the mother of three on Facebook.
Authorities stated alleged shooter Austin Thompson shot and killed his brother James Roger Thompson.
Authorities stated alleged shooter Austin Thompson shot and killed his brother James Roger Thompson.
Mary Marshall was among the five victims of shooting rampage.
Mary Marshall was among the five victims of shooting rampage.
Neighbors at the Hedingham neighborhood react to the shooting.
Neighbors at the Hedingham neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina react to the shooting.
One shooting victim is in critical condition.
One shooting victim is in critical condition.
Susan Karnatz was among the five victims of the shooting.
Susan Karnatz was among the five victims of the shooting.
Dozens of officers rushed to the scene of the shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dozens of officers rushed to the scene of the shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Police investigate the scene of the shooting on Osprey Cove Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Police investigate the scene of the shooting on Osprey Cove Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Raleigh Police Chief Estelle Patterson announced the identities of the five shooting victims.
Raleigh Police Chief Estelle Patterson announced the identities of the five shooting victims.
Law enforcement officers block off Old Milburnie Road during a shooting in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.
Witnesses claim alleged shooter Austin Thompson was wearing camouflage.

“He looked like a baby. I just don’t even have the words to explain. This is not OK,” one witness told news station WRAL.591

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The suspect was detained by the police after 9:30 p.m. Thursday following an intense, hours-long manhunt. He was hospitalized in critical condition Friday, police said.

The Raleigh Police Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the gunman’s alleged identity.

Per: NYP

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