Wilmington gang member charged following gunfire early Friday morning

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Kevon Lamante Bracey
Kevon Lamante Bracey

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington gang member is in custody following a ShotSpotter activation that led police to his location.

The gunfire detection system called officers to the 1100 block of East Stewart Circle, just before 1 a.m. Friday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Arriving officers found a white Nissan Altima, occupied by three people, backing out of a nearby driveway.

The vehicle was in the immediate area of the ShotSpotter activation, Linday said, and officers approached the car. Two of the occupants were recognized by police as gang members, validated by the police department.

As officers were speaking with the men, they observed a handgun inside the waistband of one of the gang member’s pants. Officers arrested 18-year-old Kevon Lamante Bracey, who allegedly carried a handgun stolen out of Forsyth County and 15 dosage units of heroin.

The two other occupants in the vehicle were detained, but shortly released at the scene. No property damage or injuries were reported with the shots-fired incident.

Bracey was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with the intent to sell or deliver heroin, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of heroin. He was taken to the New Hanover County Jail, where he is being held under $1 million dollar secured bond.