Police: One injured in Wednesday morning shooting that locked down schools

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Wilmington police and investigators on the scene of a shooting Wednesday morning, where one person was injured. Photo by Christina Haley.
Wilmington police and investigators on the scene of a Wednesday morning shooting, where one person was injured. Photo by Christina Haley.

One man was injured in a shooting Wednesday morning in Wilmington. The shooting was the third reported in the city within the last 24 hours and the sixth since Monday.

According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay, police responded to a ShotSpotter alert, which was activated in the 1100 block of South Seventh Street at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday. Multiple gunshots were fired in the area and a 24-year-old man was hit.

The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injury. The extent of was injury is unknown, Lindsay said on Wednesday morning.

Witnesses at the scene reported that a black male suspect ran from the area headed west toward Sixth Street, Lindsay said. Two New Hanover County Schools – Lake Forest Academy and Howe Pre-K – were placed under a brief lockdown.

At the crime scene, multiple detectives, crime scene investigators and officers gathered around the area, as several neighbors stood outside their homes and watched them process the scene. Police officers also stood watch at the corner of a nearby intersection.

On Tuesday morning, gunshots were fired just a block away from where the victim was injured Wednesday morning. A ShotSpotter alert detected the shooting at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Meares Street and Greens Alley, Lindsay said. Arriving officers Tuesday found shell casings on the north side of Meares Street. Residents in the area reported that two males wearing hooded sweatshirts ran from the area, allegedly firing shots.

Later that day around 5 p.m., another report of gunfire led police to the 1600 block of South 11th Street. There, police found a Ford Crown Victoria hit with multiple gunshots on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Several shell casings were also found at the scene.

In addition to the reports of gunfire over the last 24 hours, three shootings were reported overnight Monday and into early Tuesday morning. The investigations into the shooting incidents are ongoing, as detectives work to identify suspects. Investigators have not indicated the shootings are related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.