Weekend homicide leaves one dead, neighbor arrested

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Over the weekend, in the 800 block of Walnut St., a 30-year-old victim was found deceased from a gunshot wound.

Wilmington Police Department officers were on the scene at 1:54 a.m. on March 13 after being notified by ShotSpotter.

Neighbor Michael Nelma confessed to shooting Robert Shorter Jr., who was pronounced dead on the scene by EMS.

WPD charged Nelma with 2nd degree murder.

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