Thursday, December 1, 2022

Fatal Friday-night shooting is Wilmington’s second gang-related homicide this year

The second Wilmington homicide of 2019 took place just over a month, and only several blocks, from the first, the shooting of Zalleux Johnson, Jr.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting that took place in the Creekwood South neighborhood on Friday evening. It’s the second homicide of the year. (Port City Daily photo / File)

WILMINGTON — Authorities are investigating the death of a man in the Creekwood South, the result of a gang-related shooting late Friday night.

According to the Wilmington Police Department (WPD), “Officers responded to the 1000 block of Emory Street around 10:30 pm in reference to a ShotSpotter notification of multiple rounds fired. Upon arrival, officers located the victim. EMS transported him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.”

Related: Wilmington police chief, victim’s family plead to stop retaliation after fatal gang-related shooting

The shooting death, the second homicide in Wilmington this year, takes place just blocks from where Zalleux Johnson, Jr. was gunned down on February 21. In the wake of Johnson’s murder, WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous pleaded with the community to refrain from retaliation.

It is not yet known if last night’s shooting was related to the Johnson murder. According to WPD, there is no additional information available at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip. WPD stresses that all information can be given anonymously.

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