Wilmington man charged in two of three shootings last week

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Rokeem Franklin Dixon
Rokeem Franklin Dixon

Editors note: this story has been updated to reflect a correction to information provided earlier by the Wilmington Police Department. Mr. Dixon has been charged in the two daytime shootings, not the night shooting.

Wilmington detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with two of three Wednesday shootings reported in the city last week.

Rokeem Franklin Dixon, 20, of Wilmington, was arrested in the 1500 block of Ann Street at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. He has been charged in connection with two daytime shootings on March 2.

Police had responded to the shootings in the 1500 block of South 11th Street, one at about 11:41 a.m. and the other just before 4:30 p.m., Lindsay said. The shootings put two area schools on a lockdown. No injuries were reported in the shootings but three homes were damaged by gunfire.

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Then at about 9:30 p.m., a third shooting was reported in the 1100 block of South Seventh Street, where officers found several bullet shell casings on the sidewalk and roadway.

Through their investigation into the shooting incidents, detectives have charged Dixon with the two daytime shootings on March 2, and are working to see if there was any involvement in the third, Lindsay said.

Dixon faces several felony charges in connection with the incident, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm in an enclosure and discharging a firearm in a reckless manner. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $210,000 secured bond.