Thursday, October 6, 2022

More gun violence, police investigating two unrelated shootings in Wilmington

Police have arrested eight individuals in multiple events concluding a 6-month investigation (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)
Police are investigating two (unrelated) shootings Thursday morning (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON — Gun violence continues in Wilmington as police investigate two shootings that occurred less than 12 hours apart Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

One incident is believed to be drug-related and the other, which happened around 3 a.m. Thursday, was a domestic dispute, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

“Officers responded around 7:30 pm last night to a ‘shots fired’ call in the 1200 block of Orange Street. When they arrived they found a 32-year-old male with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. One officer applied a tourniquet while waiting for EMS to arrive. The victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Investigators say the victim was uncooperative with police. Investigators also believe this shooting was drug-related,” according to police.

The second incident had a more positive outcome as nobody was injured.

“A second shooting happened around 2:40 this morning at 625 Steamboat Springs, however no one was injured. Police responded and discovered that two apartments and a vehicle had been struck by gunfire. Witnesses were able to provide information to the officers about a related domestic disturbance in the parking lot. No arrests have been made. Police believe this was an isolated incident,” according to a press release from police.

Wilmington has seen an increase in gun violence over the past few weeks with several shootings happening in succession.

Related: Wilmington Police Department provides update on investigation of recent shootings

“Police have increased patrols in and around areas where recent shootings have occurred. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Wilmington Police at (910)-343-3609 or visit www.tip708.com for anonymous methods,” the release concludes.


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