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'Motive for these attacks is still unknown': Raleigh officials release report on mass shooting

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FILE - An ambulance believed to be carrying a shooting suspect arrives at Wake Medical Center Emergency Room in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, surrounded by police. North Carolina Democratic legislators pleaded with the General Assembly's Republican majority on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to consider gun safety and mental health measures, citing last week's shootings in Raleigh that left five people dead.

Police in Raleigh have released more information about last week's mass shooting.

The biggest questions remain unanswered. The police report does not give any information as to how the 15-year-old shooter got the weapons. And the report adds that it still does not have a collective motive for the shooting that left five dead and two injured.

Police responded to the scene at about 5:15 p.m last Thursday. A man-hunt ensued for hours that ended with the arrest of Austin Thompson nearly two miles from where the shooting began.

He was found with a shotgun, a handgun, and a large hunting knife. He suffered a single gunshot wound and remains hospitalized.

Selective Enforcement Unit officers arrested him after he suffered a gunshot wound.

The first victim was Thompson's older brother, James, who was both stabbed and shot.

Earlier this week, the brothers' parents released a statement saying they are, “Overcome with grief for the innocent lives lost.”

The report goes on to say that the victims were likely random and had no apparent connection to the shooter except that they lived in the same east Raleigh neighborhood.

Funeral services for Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres, who was killed in the mass shooting, have been scheduled for this weekend.

Torres was on the job for 18 months. Before that, he served as a U.S. Marine at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

The other victims in the shooting included Nicole Connors, 52; Susan Karnatz, 49; Mary Marshall, 34; and 16-year-old James Thompson. A woman and a second Raleigh police officer also were wounded.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.