Wilmington detectives say December shooting death was accidental

According to Wilmington police, the shooting of Nasir Leonard was an accident.

WILMINGTON – Wilmington police say a shooting in December was accidental.

Through the investigation, detectives revealed the victim of the shooting, Nasir Leonard, 20, was sitting in the passenger’s seat of a parked vehicle with two others when another car drove by and fired shots.

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In an attempt to return fire, a man in the backseat of the vehicle Leonard was in struck him.

According to a Wilmington Police Department news release, “Since the shooter was acting in self-defense and did not intend to hit Leonard, the District Attorney’s Office has declined prosecution; however, charges are still possible in this case.”

Police responded to the incident in the area of 708 Varsity Drive after 10 p.m. on Dec. 2. The officers soon after learned the victim was deceased at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Anyone with information on the suspects who fired at Leonard’s vehicle should call 910-343-3609 or submit an anonymous tip through the Wilmington, NC PD app.


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