No one should feel this fear’: Biden, N.C. leaders express shock, outrage over Raleigh mass shooting


Condolences from law enforcement and politicians poured in Thursday night and into Friday for the residents of Raleigh and its police department after Thursday’s shooting near a popular greenway left five dead and two injured.

President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden are grieving with the families of the victims who were killed or wounded, “in yet another mass shooting in America.”

“Enough. We’ve grieved and prayed with too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings,” Biden said in a statement. “Too many families have had spouses, parents, and children taken from them forever.”

Read the president’s full statement here.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted that flags are at half-staff for the victims, which includes an off-duty police officer and a 16-year-old boy.

“No neighborhood, no parent, no child, no one should feel this fear in their communities,” Cooper said. “We’re standing with the victims and their families in this moment of unspeakable agony.”

During a Friday morning press conference, authorities said the suspect – a 15-year-old boy – was in critical condition. The circumstances that led up to the shooting and a possible relationship between the suspect and the victims were not immediately known.

“I’m so sorry that Raleigh and its residents are going through what has become the greatest fear for a city,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said.

Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate, said she was devastated by the “senseless violence” that happened in Raleigh.

“As we grapple with this all-too-familiar tragedy reaching our own community, I stand resolved to do my part to prevent this avoidable violence in other communities,” Beasley said in a statement.

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein offered his gratitude and prayers Thursday night to the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting.

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