Woman killed in shooting at Independence Mall parking lot

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WILMINGTON — Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are investigating after a woman was shot and killed near Independence Mall on Saturday.

The shooting took place in the parking lot near the mall’s main entrance in the 3500 block of Oleander Drive at about 1:20 p.m., according to police department spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The victim, 24-year-old Catherine Ruth Ballard, of Wilmington, was shot by an unknown suspect. The woman was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She later died at the hospital on Saturday, Lindsay said.

Lindsay said on Saturday, that detectives believe the shooting was an isolated incident. The homicide investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip by texting “CRIMES” and start the text with “Tip708.” All calls to Text-A-Tip are anonymous.