Search on for man accused of fatally shooting woman at busy Wilmington intersection

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Update: Police captured Joseph Cornell Corbett on Thursday morning. Read the story here.

WILMINGTON — A man is wanted on charge of murder in connection with a woman who was shot and later died from gunfire that rang out in Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon.

Shantell Denise Williams, 42, of Wilmington, was shot near the area of South 17th Street and Wrightsville Avenue just before 4 p.m., according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found Williams lying on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds. She was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died from her injuries, Lindsay said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 37-year-old Joseph Cornell Corbett, who police suspect is the assailant. He is being charged with murder, Lindsay said.

Corbett is described as a 5-foot 9-inch tall black male who weighs about 150 pounds and has a shaved head. The suspect has a dragon tattoo on his left inner forearm and a cross tattoo on his right inner forearm.

“Citizens should consider Corbett armed and dangerous and should not approach him,” Lindsay said.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into Williams’ shooting death, Lindsay said.

Anyone with information about the case, or the known whereabouts of Corbett is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip by texting “CRIMES” and start the text with “Tip708.” All calls to Text-A-Tip are anonymous.