Deadly Raleigh NC shooting timeline of events
Days after a 15-year-old began a fatal shooting in the Hedingham neighborhood near the Neuse River Greenway in Raleigh, scanner traffic, 911 calls and other records provide more details of the times who followed.
Five people died in the shooting Thursday and two others were injured. The suspected shooter remained in critical condition during WakeMed Days on Tuesday, according to Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson.
The Raleigh Police Department is expected to release a “five-day report” detailing the preliminary results of its investigation on Thursday, a week after the shooting.
Here’s the timeline of Thursday’s shootings and its consequences that we know so far.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated.
5:12 p.m. A 911 caller on Sahalee Way reports hearing gunshots outside. She told a dispatcher that she saw two victims near the corner of Sahalee and Castle Pines Drive.
Another 911 call seconds later from the 6000 block of Osprey Cove Drive reports that a suspect “came up with a shotgun and shot my buddy.” who the caller reveals is an off-duty Raleigh police officer. The caller tells the shooter, who “He looked like he was 16,” wore camouflage and fled to the Neuse River trail.
Both locations are in the Hedingham subdivision in northeast Raleigh, with homes lining the Neuse River Greenway trail.
5:18 p.m. On the phone with a 911 dispatcher, a security guard on Osprey Cove Drive notes that she is with an off-duty officer who was shot in the chest. First responders arrive while she is on the line.
5:21 p.m. A 911 caller on a bike on the Neuse River greenway reports two women injured and on the ground along the trail near Bay Harbor Drive.
5:49 p.m. Audio from law enforcement and emergency radio indicates that officers are looking for a “6ft white male. 15 years old. Camo with a long gun.
5:55 p.m. On Twitterthe Raleigh Police Department says it’s at the scene of an active shootout in the neighborhood and advises residents near Osprey Cove Drive and Bay Harbor Drive to stay home.
6:12 p.m. Scanner traffic reports someone saw a suspect in camouflage with a backpack on Tarheel Club Road and Tarheel Clubhouse Road, about a mile northeast of the Hedingham area, running through the woods.
6:37 p.m. Officers indicate on scanner traffic that the suspect was last seen “north west of Old Milburnie, south of McGee Court, last seen in woods north of Tarheel Club”.
6:43 p.m. A 911 caller in the Foxcroft area, just north of Hedingham, reports hearing a gunshot heading towards the River Neuse.
During the scanner traffic, law enforcement also reported hearing a single gunshot in the area.
6:44 p.m. Law enforcement reports scanner traffic hearing “gunshots in the woods.”
“Multiple or unique? another asked.
“A ton of shit. Multiple,” he replied.
6:45 p.m. Scanner traffic reports an “officer down” in the area around McConnell Oliver Drive, near the suspect’s last known location. Within minutes, responders say the officer was shot in the kneecap and stabilized.
6:49 p.m. Raleigh police issue a warning about the area on Twitter, tell people in the area of McConnell Oliver Drive, Tarheel Club Road and Old Milburnie Road to stay indoors. Drivers are urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
6:54 p.m. Governor Roy Cooper tweets that he spoke with Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and “directed state law enforcement to provide assistance in responding to the active shooter in East Raleigh”.
7:01 p.m. Officers are strategizing on using an aerial drone to monitor the suspect in a barn off McConnell Oliver Drive on scanner traffic.
7:17 p.m. During a 911 call with a concerned resident, a dispatcher notes “they actually have a visual on this guy right now.” “They’re not looking for him now. They have their eyes fully on him.
7:18 p.m. Above the scanner traffic, law enforcement monitoring the subject note that he is seated with a gun in his lap. “We haven’t had a move yet.” They decide to move in with the drone, which they come within 15 feet of the suspect.
7:22 p.m. Officers report the suspect is hunched over in a “slumped position” but still moving. After the drone they are using crashes, they discuss sending an explosive robot to their location.
7:29 p.m. Officers advise over the radio to take cover as the suspect attempts to ‘hold a shotgun’.
7:40 p.m. A responder notes on the scanner that he found a 16-year-old man “down” in a bathroom of a Sahalee Way residence.
8:18 p.m. Officers say on scanner traffic that they still have the suspect contained, but will not move forward without additional equipment.
9:04 p.m. At a press conference, Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin reports that five people have been killed, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer. She said two other people were taken to WakeMed, including another police officer with non-life-threatening injuries.
9:07 p.m. Officers report on scanner traffic that the suspect “still has movement” and that they are trying to retrieve a firearm near him.
9:11 p.m. During the scanner traffic, officers say they plan to keep one robot between the suspect and the gun while they use another to grab the weapon.
9:22 p.m. Law enforcement radios officers to keep cover because “we have a gun in his hand.”
9:24 p.m. Officers report on scanner traffic that “the shotgun is still on the ground. He tries to pull the trigger and nothing happens.
9:31 p.m. Officers alert each other that they are using a “40mm”, a device which can be used to launch so-called “less lethal” bullets, at the suspect and expect a “muffled impact”. They shoot three times before getting a response. “He has now moved his hands behind his head.”
9:32 p.m. Officers use a robot to attempt to pull the suspect away from a backpack.
9:37 p.m. In a Twitter post, Raleigh Police says a suspect is in custody.
9:43 p.m. An EMS worker alerts WakeMed that they have a 15-year-old man with an open head injury. “But he is protecting his airway and breathing right now. I have other minimal injuries,” one responder said on the radio.
10:51 p.m. At a news conference, Raleigh Police Lt. Jason Borneo said the suspect was a “young white male” and an officer who was shot had already been released from hospital. Borneo would not give details of the suspicious motives. He also says that the police Chef Estella Patterson Patterson is currently on a flight back to Raleigh after attending a pro conference.
7 a.m. Raleigh Police appear to be searching a home on Sahalee Way in the Hedingham neighborhood.
8:40 am Baldwin and other city officials name the five people killed.
8:55 The Raleigh Police Protective Association said it was working to set up a fundraiser for the family of Constable Gabriel Torres.
10:39 Governor Roy Cooper announces that the flags will fly at half mast‘ to honor the victims of the shooting.
12:53 p.m. President Joe Biden issues a statement on the shooting. “We cried and prayed with too many families who had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings. Too many families have had spouses, parents and children taken away from them forever. Biden is asking Congress to pass an assault weapons ban. Raleigh police did not say what type of weapon was used in the shooting.
2 p.m. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told The News & Observer she plans to press charges against the shooting suspect.
2:15 p.m. Sources confirm to The News & Observer that the suspect in the shooting is 15-year-old Austin Thompson, brother of 16-year-old James Thompson, one of the five people killed. A A sophomore at Knightdale High School, Austin Thompson is in critical condition at WakeMed.
10:30 a.m. Raleigh city officials announce the reopening of the Neuse River Greenway trail between Buffaloe Road and Anderson Point Park.
1 p.m. Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson briefs the city council, revealing that the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officers who fired their weapons during the incident. She also says the suspect remains in critical condition.
5:02 p.m. Lawyers for Alan and Elise Thompson, parents of James and Austin, release a statement saying ‘there were never any indications or warning signs that their son was capable of doing anything like this “. They also pledged to cooperate with law enforcement.
This story was originally published October 19, 2022 5:40 p.m.