shooter accused of killing five in North Carolina turns 15

The teenager opened fire Thursday on a walking trail in the city of Raleigh. At this time, his motive is not yet known.

The shooter accused of killing five people on Thursday in a town in the southeastern United States is a 15-year-old teenager, local authorities announced on Friday, adding that he was hospitalized and in critical condition.

“That’s enough,” responded President Joe Biden, renewing his call to ban assault rifles after this shooting, one of many that mourn the United States.

The victims of the shootings in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, are aged between 16 and 52, said the city’s police chief, Estella Patterson. Among them is a policeman who was not on duty. The type of weapon used was not specified.

The shooter’s motive is unknown.

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”, a- she added during a press conference.

The shooter opened fire, for an as yet unexplained reason, shortly after 5 p.m. (9 p.m. GMT) on a walking path in this city of nearly 500,000 inhabitants.

A large contingent of security forces was then deployed to find the perpetrator of the shooting. No explanation was given as to how he obtained his weapon.

Mass shootings, “a terrible burden”

“We have been grieving and praying alongside too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings,” Joe Biden said in a statement.

“Americans are in favor of this common sense measure of removing weapons of war from our streets,” said the American president.

The 79-year-old Democrat would like to reinstate a ban on semi-automatic weapons, as it existed in the United States between 1994 and 2004. But this project is blocked by the Republican opposition, in the name of the right to wear weapons guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Around 49,000 people died from firearms 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.

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