Gunfire suspect jailed under $2 million bond

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Miller Eugene Ross
Miller Eugene Ross

Police have arrested a Wilmington man on a firearm charge following a report of gunfire early Thursday morning.

Miller Eugene Ross, 28, of Wilmington, was arrested after a shooting happened in the 1200 block of Dock Street just before 5 a.m. Thursday, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Officers responding to the ShotSpotter alert noticed Ross about two blocks away from the gunfire, in the area of 12th and Ann streets. When officers tried to approach the suspect, Ross reportedly walked around the corner of 12th Street and allegedly attempted to throw away a handgun from his possession, Lindsay said.

Police recovered the weapon, Lindsay said. As of Thursday afternoon, no property damage or injuries have been reported as a result of the morning shots fired.

The shooting Thursday morning is the seventh report of gunfire in the city since Monday. Lindsay said police are still investigating all the recent reports of gunfire, including the shooting that injured a 24-year-old man in the leg on Wednesday morning.

Ross is being looked into as a possible suspect in the recent incidents, Lindsay said. According to jail records, Ross is currently facing charges of two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, and resist, delay or obstruct a public officer.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Ross has been previously convicted of seven felonies, including receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a vehicle and larceny of a person.

Ross is being held at the New Hanover County Jail under a $2 million bond.