United States: the shooter accused of having killed five in North Carolina is 15 years old

ÉUnited States: gunman accused of killing five in North Carolina North is 15

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The shooter accused of killing five people Thursday in a southeastern United States town is a 15-year-old boy, local authorities said Friday, saying he was hospitalized and in in critical condition. 

The victims of the shootings that broke out in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, range in age from 16 to 52, the chief said. of the city police, Estella Patterson. Among them is an off-duty police officer.

The alleged shooter also injured two other people, “a police officer (…) who was treated and released from hospital” and another 59-year-old “still in critical condition,” she added at a press conference.

The shooter opened the fire, for an as yet unexplained reason, shortly after 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on a walking path in this city of nearly 500,000 inhabitants.

A large contingent of law enforcement had then been deployed to find the author of the shooting. No explanation was given for how he obtained his gun.

About 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States in 2021, compared to 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year. This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.