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Wilmington police are investigating a shooting that ended in wreck Sunday night.

Multiple shots were fired in the 4200 block of Princess Place Drive at about 8:30 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Leslie Irving. Arriving officers found a black male who had been shot in a vehicle that ran into a nearby building.

In an update about the shooting Monday, police spokeswoman Linda Rawley said the shooting was the result of an domestic dispute between 36-year-old Travis Crews and a woman inside the Sam’s Food Mart, 4129 Princess Place Drive.

The woman left the store and entered a car with its 25-year-old driver, Rawley said. Crews allegedly fired into the vehicle striking the man in the face, Rawley said. The vehicle then crashed into an adjacent building on Princess Place Drive. It is not known if the female was injured, she added.

Officers found Crews, of Wilmington, shot across the street, Irving said. Both victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment, Irving said. Their conditions are unknown.

Charges are pending against Crews who police suspect suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his hip, Rawley said. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Teen stabbed in argument on South College

A teen was taken to the hospital Friday night after he was stabbed in the thigh.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies and the Wilmington Police Department responded to investigate the stabbing that occurred in the 3300 block of South College Road just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to Irving.

The victim, a 17-year-old white male, reported he got into an argument with another teen who stabbed him in the leg. The suspect is described as a tall white male in his late teens with a medium build. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment to the stab wound to his left thigh.

The investigation is ongoing, Irving said.

Fire Marshals rule Saturday blaze intentional

No one was injured in an intentional fire set Saturday night on Meares Street.

Wilmington Fire Department crews responded to the blaze at 306 Meares St. at 10:48 p.m. Saturday, according to Capt. Chris Walker. Arriving firefighters reported smoke and flames visible from a second story window of the two-story home. The home appeared to be vacant.

Crews had the fire under control within minutes and completely extinguished by 11:25 p.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported. Damages to the property were estimated at $20,000.

“Agencies involved with the investigation were the Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. It was determined the fire was an incendiary fire (set fire), originating in the crawl space,” Walker said.

There are no suspects at this time, he added.

Man charged with promoting prostitution in New Hanover County

Marcus Ellen Tarter
Marcus Ellen Tarter

A Wilmington man has been arrested in connection with promoting prostitution of a minor.

Marcus Ellen Tarter, 45, was arrested Friday in the 5000 block of Market Street while detectives were conducting an investigation into prostitution, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Tarter was allegedly promoting the prostitution of a minor as well as two other females over the age of 18. The minor victim was a 16-year-old female, Brewer said.

Tarter was charged with two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, promoting prostitution of a adult, and maintaining a place for promotion of prostitution, according to jail records. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $5 million secured bond.