DA confirms plan to charge 15-year-old Raleigh shooting suspect as an adult ‘assuming he survives’

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman has confirmed that juvenile petitions have been filed against the camouflage-clad 15-year-old suspect who opened fire in a residential Raleigh, N.C., neighborhood on Thursday, killing five people, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer. Two more victims, including another off-duty officer, were injured.

“Juvenile petitions have been filed against the suspect,” Freeman said, according to WXII12. “It would be our intent to seek to have those transferred to Superior Court and to proceed against him as an adult.”

Following what has been called “a long standoff,” the unidentified teen was taken into custody and is currently in critical condition.

Freeman also confirmed her decision to Fox News Digital, stating she plans to charge the 15-year-old as an adult, “assuming he survives.”

In an update on the horrific mass shooting, Raleigh Police Chief Estella D. Patterson said the crime scene went on for “over two miles.”


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“The shootings occurred in the streets in the neighborhood, and then the suspect fled towards the Greenway,” Patterson told the media. And then we had some more victims who were shot in the Greenway.”

The names of the five victims killed have been released: Off-duty police officer Gabriel Torres, 29; James Roger Thompson, 16; Nicole Conners, 52; Susan Karnatz, 49; and Mary Marshall, 35.

According to Patterson, Torres was on his way to work when the shooting occurred.

In a statement on Twitter, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called the mass shooting “a moment of unspeakable agony.”

“A well coordinated and courageous law enforcement response stopped the shooter,” he wrote. “No neighborhood, no parent, no child, no one should feel this fear in their communities. We’re standing with the victims and their families in this moment of unspeakable agony.”

Being a Democrat, Cooper couldn’t resist using the tragedy as an excuse to take a swipe at the Second Amendment.

“We’re sad, furious and have many questions that’ll soon be answered. But we already know the core truth,” he stated. “No community should feel the pain of gun violence, and as policymakers, we can not turn away from what has happened here and across the country.”

 

Replied one user, “well that took all of 6 hours before you came out making this political… great job never letting a crisis or perceived crisis go to waste. Punching those law abiding citizens for a one off event isn’t the answer.”

On Thursday evening, the governor told the press, “The nightmare of every community has come to Raleigh. This is a senseless, horrific and infuriating act of violence that has been committed.”

Mayor Mary-Anne Baldwin joined the governor in politicizing the event.

“We have to end this mindless gun violence that is happening across our country,” she said. “There are too many victims. We have to wake up.”


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And, of course, President Joe Biden couldn’t wait to hijack the moment for his own agenda.

“We’re grieving with the families in Raleigh, NC, whose loved ones were killed or hurt in another mass shooting. We’re grateful for the law enforcement and other first responders on the scene,” the President tweeted. “For the lives we’ve lost and the lives we can save, we must pass an assault weapons ban.”

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