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Police search Greenfield Lake for handgun linked to October’s downtown shooting

A search in Greenfield Lake came up empty Monday, as officers received information a handgun was disposed in the lake. (Port City Daily/Shea Carver)

WILMINGTON — According to Wilmington Police Department, crews were searching Greenfield Lake earlier Monday for a gun they suspect was connected to the Oct. 15 downtown shooting.

READ MORE: ‘It was chaos’: Downtown shooting leaves one injured, others hiding for safety

ALSO: Sunday’s downtown shooting was mobile, gang-related

Police searched the lake on East Lake Shore near Robin Hood Drive for a handgun. According to WPD spokesperson Lt. Greg Willett, “It was gleaned during the investigation it was there.”

Willett said a WPD investigator was at the scene while the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office dive team executed the search. The dive teams did not recover a weapon.

Crews were searching for the gun they thought was used in the shooting of a victim on Oct. 15 at 2:15 a.m., found in the 00 block of Princess Street. The person was transported to Novant NHRMC and recovered from the non-life-threatening injuries.

WPD told Port City Daily previously the shooting was mobile; 911 calls indicate a car was struck on Second near Princess Street, and police investigated shot windows at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center a few blocks away.

It also had a gang nexus and an arrest was made late last month with 18-year-old Tristian Allen, a validated gang member.

Monday’s gun search comes as WPD announced more arrests in the case. A search warrant was executed Friday on March Court, leading officers to take Tyshaun Windham, 19, into custody on separate felony warrants.

Following the investigation, WPD determined Windham was responsible for firing the gun on the victim. He is being charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon, going armed to terror of the public and discharging a firearm in city limits. He is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center without bond.

As well, 42-year-old Dwayne Ingram was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after attempting to conceal a handgun while officers were on the scene.

Additional arrests are expected, according to WPD.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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