Teenage gunman ‘critical’ after shooting dead five people on hiking trail – including brother

Five people died following the devastating gun rampage near Raleigh last week (Picture: Getty Images)

The brother of a suspected teenage gunman is among the five people dead after a hiking trail rampage.

James Thompson, 16, was among those Ki**ed last Thursday by 15-year-old Austin, who is in a grave condition in hospital.

The Thompson’s parents Alan and Elise released a statement saying: ‘Our son Austin inflicted immeasurable pain on the Raleigh community, and we are overcome with grief for the innocent lives lost.

‘We pray for the families and loved ones of Nicole Conners, Susan Karnatz, Mary Marshall, and Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres. We mourn for their loss and for the loss of our son, James.

‘We pray that Marcille “Lynn” Gardner and Raleigh Police Officer Casey Clark fully recover from their injuries, and we pray for everyone who was traumatized by these senseless acts of violence.

‘We have so many unanswered questions. There were never any indications or warning signs that Austin was capable of doing anything like this. Our family will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.’

Witnesses said Austin was wearing camouflage clothing, black boots, and a camo backpack while carrying a long barrel shotgun.

A photo of victim Susan Karnatz, 49. The keen runner is survived by her husband and three sons (Picture: Christopher Oquendo for DailyMail)
Gabriel Torres was on his way to work when he was shot and Ki**ed (Picture: Alamy Live News)

He eluded capture by authorities for hours by hiding out on Raleigh’s Neuse River Greenway hiking trail. He was finally cornered and captured around 9.30pm that night.

Torres, 29, was on his way to work when the shooting broke out on the streets of the Hedingham neighborhood. Neighbors said he was a Marine Corp veteran and survived by his wife and a two-year-old daughter.

Karnatz, 49, is survived by her husband Tom and three sons. ‘She was a very loving wife and amazing mother to our three sons,’ Tom said. ‘We’re absolutely heartbroken and miss her dearly.’

In a post on Facebook, Tom eulogized his wife and their life together: ‘we had plans together with the boys. And we had plans together as empty nesters. We had plans together for growing old. Always together. Now those plans are laid to waste.’

Mary Marshall, a Navy veteran, said she was just weeks away from her wedding (Picture: Christopher Oquendo for DailyMail)
Nicole Connors, 52, was also fatally shot during the rampage (Picture: Christopher Oquendo for DailyMail)
James Thompson, 16, attended Knightdale High School, where his 15-year-old brother and shooting suspect Alex also studied (Picture: Christopher Oquendo for DailyMa)

Mary Marshall, 34, was walking her dog when she was shot. She is survived by her fiancé Robert Steele. ‘I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do. My world has been completely destroyed,’ Steele said in a post on Facebook.

Two others were injured in Thursday’s attack. Marcille Gardner, 59, was hospitalized and still is still in critical condition.

Officer Casey Clark, a K-9 officer at the Raleigh Police Department, was injured in the shootout. He was taken to an area hospital and released in stable condition on Friday.

In this aerial image taken with a drone, Law enforcement work at the scene of a shooting in Raleigh (Picture: AP)
Neighbors talk at the Hedingham neighborhood on October 14, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina (Picture: Getty Images)
Police work the crime scene in Raleigh, North Carolina (Picture: AP)

President Biden spoke out about the tragedy on Friday afternoon. He said he was working closely with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and thanked law enforcement for their timely response on Thursday night.

But the President also expressed frustration. He said: ‘Enough. We’ve grieved and prayed with too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings.

‘Too many families have had spouses, parents, and children taken from them forever. This year, and even in just the five months since Buffalo and Uvalde, there are too many mass shootings across America, including ones that don’t even make the national news.’


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