A 15-year-old boy kills five people in a residential neighborhood in North Carolina

The suspect was arrested hours later after a shootout with police. The police chief acknowledges: "We don't have answers as to why this tragedy occurred".

A 15-year-old minor has been arrested by police after he opened fire indiscriminately on a road in a neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina's capital city. At the moment, five people are dead and two injured.

After the shots were fired, the shooter tried to flee the scene, leading to a chase that lasted several hours and forced residents to remain locked in their homes. Finally, after a shooting confrontation with the police, he was reduced and taken into custody. He is currently in a hospital in critical condition. The circumstances that led to this situation are unknown at this time.

Off-duty police officer among the dead

"Tonight, terror has come to our door. Every community's nightmare has come to Raleigh. This is a horrible, infuriating, senseless act of violence that has been committed," Governor Roy Cooper told reporters.

Among the deceased was an off-duty police officer, said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. Gabriel Torres, 29, was on his way to work when he was hit by one of the bullets fired by the minor.

"We have no answers"

Among the dead are three women, aged 35, 49 and 52, and a 16-year-old minor. Two people are also injured, one of whom is in critical condition. She is a 59-year-old woman. The other injured person is another police officer, who has been treated and has already left the hospital.

Raleigh Police Chief Estrella Patterson acknowledged to the media, "We don't have answers as to why this tragedy occurred." Police are still investigating the circumstances of the case.