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Second arrest made for murder of 15-year-old during Carolina Beach Road car shooting

A Crime Scene Unit officer takes photographs of a section of Carolina Beach Road after an early-July gunfight between two moving vehicles left one dead and one injured. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON — Deandre Nixon, 21, turned himself in to police for the murder of a 15-year-old when he and another man allegedly fired into the victim’s car from their own vehicle while traveling north on Carolina Beach Road in July.

WPD spokesperson Jessica Williams said no members of the victim’s car returned fire during the incident.

Nixon was charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He is being held without bond.

Nixon’s arrest came two months after the incident and follows the arrest of Trequan Crews, who was charged hours after the shooting. The WPD said the investigation is ongoing.

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On Thursday, July 9, both vehicles were traveling north on Carolina Beach Road when they slowed at the Matteo Drive stoplight and the vehicle occupied by Crews and Nixon opened fire.

“The victim vehicle fled as the shooting continued — bullets striking two other cars at the stoplight and an apartment complex nearby. No one in those cars or apartments were injured during the shooting,” according to a July 9 statement from the WPD.

Deandre Nixon, 21, turned himself in to police for the murder of a 15-year-old during a high-speed shootout between two vehicles traveling north on Carolina Beach Road in July. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy WPD)

The shooting left a 15-year-old male dead, whose name has not been released due to the wishes of his family, and wounded 24-year-old Tyshaun Delts.

Crews was also charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting public officers, driving without an operator’s license, and a misdemeanor hit and run.

Members of a joint WPD-NHCSO task force arrested Crews later that evening around 10:25 p.m. in the Creekwood neighborhood.


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