WILMINGTON – Two gang members are in custody following a shooting involving a Wilmington police detective that led to a foot chase and standoff with police in the Creekwood Community this afternoon. It was one of three shootings reported in the Wilmington area on Thursday.
Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 23rd and Chestnut streets at about 3:15 p.m., according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. A detective responding to the shooting incident conducted a traffic stop on a suspect vehicle with two gang members inside.
One of the suspects pulled out a gun and the detective fired his weapon, Lindsay said. No one was injured. The gunman ran from the area of the traffic stop, while the other suspect inside the vehicle was taken into custody.
Officers chased the gunman on foot to North 30th Street in the Creekwood Community where he barricaded himself inside a home. A standoff between the suspect and officers lasted about 10 minutes, Lindsay said. The man reportedly came out peacefully and was arrested by police.
Wilmington’s SABLE helicopter and SWAT team, along with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were all part of the police response in Creekwood, Lindsay said.
Three area schools — Snipes Academy, Freeman Elementary and Mosley Performance Learning Center — were placed under a shelter in place due to shots fired in the area, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. The shelter in place affected staff and students in after school programs.
Another ShotSpotter alert happened before the incident involving detectives, Lindsay said. The shooting was detected just before 3 p.m. on Henry Street, but Lindsay said it is still unknown if shootings are related.
The suspects’ names have not been released. The investigations are ongoing.