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North Carolina shooting suspects parents say theyre overcome with grief

North Carolina shooting suspects parents say theyre overcome with grief


North Carolina shooting suspects parents say theyre overcome with grief

The parents of a 15-year-old suspected mass murderer in Raleigh, North Carolina, released a statement Wednesday saying they were "overcome with grief".

Austin Thompson is suspected of shooting five people to death and injuring two others on 13 October in Raleigh's Hedingham neighborhood. His 16-year-old brother, James, was among those slain.

"Our son Austin inflicted immeasurable pain on the Raleigh community, and we are overcome with grief for the innocent lives lost," Alan and Elise Thompson said in a statement on behalf of their family, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. "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 and do whatever we can to help them understand why and how this happened."

Austin Thompson is currently in the custody of law enforcement hospital while being treated at a hospital. The local district attorney, Lorrin Freeman, has said she plans to prosecute the teen as an adult, WRAL reported.

Those killed in the attack - carried out with a long rifle - were Gabriel Torres, a 29-year-old off-duty police officer; Mary Marshall, a 34-year-old woman walking her dog; Nicole Connors, a 52-year-old woman who was on her porch; and Susan Karnatz, 49, who was killed during a run.

Raleigh police officer Casey Clark and Marcille "Lynn" Gardner were wounded.

"We pray for the families and loved ones of Nicole Connors, Susan Karnatz, Mary Marshall and Raleigh police officer Gabriel Torres," the Thompson family said in a statement. "We mourn for their loss and for the loss of our son, James.

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