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North Carolina shooting leaves 5 dead, including off-duty police officer; suspect 'contained'

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Police in Raleigh, North Carolina responded to an active shooting on Thursday and were telling residents to "remain in their homes."

Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said during a press conference that five people are dead as a result of the shooting, adding a Raleigh Police Department officer, who was off-duty, is among those killed.

Baldwin said that two other people are in the hospital, and one of them is a K-9 officer. She said that the suspect is "contained."

She said that the Raleigh Police Department responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

A representative from WakeMed hospital in Raleigh told Fox News Digital that it has received four patients from the incident.

Fox News Digital has reached out to North Carolina authorities.

A spokesperson for the Raleigh Police Department told Fox News Digital that it doesn't have a suspect in custody.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said that law enforcement is working to stop the shooter.

"I have spoken with Mayor Baldwin and instructed state law enforcement to provide assistance responding to the active shooter in East Raleigh. State and local officers are on the ground and working to stop the shooter and keep people safe," Cooper said.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told Fox News Digital that its agents are headed to the scene of the incident.

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