Shooting in the United States: one of the victims was an off-duty police officer. (Case)

Washington:

A shooting Thursday in North Carolina’s capital Raleigh left at least five people dead, including an off-duty police officer, officials in the southeastern U.S. city said, adding that a suspect had been capture.

Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said the shooting happened near the Neuse River Greenway, a popular trail in the area.

“This is a sad and tragic day for the city of Raleigh. Just after 5 p.m. today, several people were shot,” she said at a press conference.

The Raleigh Police Department “confirmed five deaths. One of them was an off-duty Raleigh police officer.”

The shooter, a “young white male”, was taken into custody shortly after 9:30 p.m., Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo said at a follow-up news conference.

The mayor had indicated earlier that the shooter was “confined to a residence in the area” by the police.

One victim, Borneo said, remained in critical condition.

Also among the injured was a canine officer who had been taken to hospital, although Borneo reported that an injured police officer had been released.

Asked about the motive for the shooting, he said it would “probably come in handy” in the coming days.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, who attended the evening press conference, told reporters that, “Tonight, terror has reached our doorsteps.”

“Every community’s nightmare has happened in Raleigh. A senseless, horrific and maddening act of violence has taken place.”

Gun violence is a major problem in the United States where more than 34,000 people have died in shootings so far in 2022 alone, more than half of them by suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.

“We need to do more,” Baldwin said at the press conference.

“We need to stop this indiscriminate violence in America. We need to address gun violence. We have a lot to do, and tonight we have a lot to mourn.”

The shooting in North Carolina came after a jury earlier in the day rejected the death penalty and backed life imprisonment for Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018 .

The mass shootings have repeatedly stunned the nation, reigniting debate over gun control, a burning cultural issue that has made little headway in Congress.

However, several of the most recent gun rampages, including a shooting at a school in Texas and at a supermarket frequented by African Americans in New York State, have caused particular shock across the country, prompting lawmakers to agree in June, for the first time in 30 years, to pass modest reform to gun control laws.

Nearly 400 million guns were in circulation among the civilian population in the United States in 2017, or 120 guns for every 100 people, according to the Small Arms Survey project.

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