Teen wanted for murder in Independence Mall shooting, killing woman

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Traneta Shanaia Campbell
Traneta Shanaia Campbell

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 4

Wilmington police have announced that 19-year-old Traneta Cambell was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Monday night. She was taken into custody without incident. Read the story here.


WILMINGTON — Wilmington police are searching for a teen in connection with a Saturday afternoon shooting that killed 24-year-old Catherine Ruth Ballard in front of Independence Mall.

Traneta Shanaia Campbell, 19, of Wilmington, is wanted on charge of first-degree murder, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The shooting took place in the parking lot near the main entrance of Independence Mall, at 3500 Oleander Drive, at about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional charges may be pending in the case, Lindsay said. Campbell is a black female, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has short dark hair and brown eyes. She also has a tattoo of “Lawahna” on her right arm and may have a ring through her septum.

Anyone with information about Campbell or her whereabouts 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.