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New Hanover County

A 68-year-old man was reportedly shot during an armed robbery Monday night in New Hanover County.

The victim was at his home in the 4700 block of Ilex Drive, when he heard a knock at his door at about 8 p.m. Monday, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The man reportedly saw a black man and white woman at the door, Brewer said. When he answered the door, one of the suspects shot through the door, and the bullet grazed his face.

The suspects entered the home and tied up the victim with a phone cord. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and ran from the home, Brewer said. Neighbors reported a grey Toyota Camry parked next to the home, which left shortly after shots were fired.

The black male suspect is described as 6 foot 4 inches tall with a square haircut. The white female suspect is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weights about 135 pounds. She had blonde hair and wore a beige or grey hooded sweatshirt.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4162 or submit a tip on the sheriff’s office website by clicking here.


Paul Fredrick McNally
Paul Fredrick McNally

Wilmington police arrested a man suspected of breaking into a business Monday morning.

Due to the storm, a business owner was sleeping inside his convenience store in the 4100 block of Princess Place Drive, when at about 7 a.m. Monday, he reportedly heard someone breaking into the store, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

The owner called police to report that a man was attempting to break into the store through the back door, Rawley said. Officers arrived on scene and found the suspect – 30-year-old Paul Fredrick McNally – at the back of the store.

Police reportedly arrested McNally after a brief foot chase, Rawley said. He has been charged with felony attempted breaking and entering, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, failure to appear on a misdemeanor and four counts of felony probation violation.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, McNally is an absconder from his probation. He has been convicted of four felonies, including receiving or possessing a stolen firearm, felony breaking and entering, larceny by an employee and breaking and entering into vehicles.

McNally’s most recent conviction was April 23 on charges of felony breaking and entering into vehicles and misdemeanor larceny in New Hanover County. His sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve 18 months of supervised probation.

McNally was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $71,000 secured bond.