Raleigh shooting suspect’s parents release statement


The parents of the teenage suspect charged in the shooting death of five people in Raleigh, North Carolina, said Tuesday that there was “never any indication or warning sign” that their son was “capable of doing something like this.”

In a statement Tuesday, Allen and Elise Thompson said the 15-year-old, who has not been publicly identified by Raleigh police, “caused immeasurable pain” to the community.

“We have a lot of unanswered questions,” they said.

The October 13 shootings have left a once peaceful suburban community facing massacres and questions about the suspect’s motives.

The five killed were Mary Marshall, 35; Nicole Connors, 52; Susan Kanats, 49; Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres, 29; and Ellen and Ellie Silk Thompson’s son, 16-year-old James Roger Thompson.

A city spokesman confirmed to The Washington Post on Tuesday that the suspect remains in the hospital in critical condition. Police did not say how he was injured. The Post did not name the suspect because he is a teenager and has not been formally charged as an adult.

In their statement, Alan and Elise Thompson said they were cooperating fully with law enforcement to “help them understand why and how this happened.”

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