Police arrest suspect in one of two shootings Sunday

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Cedric Alden Burnett
Cedric Alden Burnett

Wilmington police have arrested a teen in connection with one of two shootings reported Sunday night, one of which was fatal.

Officers responded to gunfire in the area of South 11th and Castle streets at 6:49 p.m. Sunday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. When they arrived on scene, officers saw a man running south across Wooster Street.

The suspect refused to stop for police, Lindsay said. After a short foot chase police arrested 19-year-old Cedric Alden Burnett. A pistol was allegedly found in his pants pocket after his arrest. No property damage or injuries were reported in the shooting.

The gunfire reported on Castle Street happened about 30 minutes after a 14-year-old victim was shot and killed at the intersection of Stewart Circle and Emory Street in the first homicide investigation of 2016. Police have not indicated the two shootings are related. The homicide investigation is ongoing and suspect information has not been released by the police department.

Burnett has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and resist, delay or obstruct a public officer, Lindsay said. According to jail records, he also faces two parole violations and a charge of interfering with an electronic monitoring bracelet.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Burnett was previously convicted of receiving or possessing a firearm in February 2015 and was placed on 10 months of probation. He has also been convicted of felony larceny and misdemeanor breaking and entering.

He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $560,000 secured bond.