Gang member charged in December shooting was only one to suffer injury

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Dontay Lamar Tolbert
Dontay Lamar Tolbert

A Wilmington teen arrested in connection with a shootout near the Village of Greenfield community in December 2015 was the only one injured and deemed the alleged “aggressor” in the case.

Dontay Lamar Tolbert, 17, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Tolbert was charged after a shooting in the 1500 block of South 12th Street on Dec. 7, 2015, Lindsay said. Witnesses reported to police on scene that two men were running behind a residential area firing guns at each other. The suspects ran in separate directions after the shooting.

Police were then alerted that Tolbert had been driven to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his stomach, Lindsay said.  The other 23-year-old man in the case was not injured.

“After an extensive investigation, the detectives have determined Tolbert was the aggressor in the situation,” Lindsay said.

Tolbert, a validated gang member, was also charged with a city ordinance violation. He is also facing several pending drug charges and misdemeanor possession of a firearm on educational property in district court, according to New Hanover County court records.

He is booked at the New Hanover County Jail under an $800,000 secured bond.