Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Three dead, seven shot at private Wilmington house party

The Wednesday evening shooting incident did not injure any Wilmington police officers; the suspect died on scene after being shot. (Port City Daily photo / FILE)

Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

WILMINGTON — Seven people were shot and injured, and three died just after midnight Saturday at a private house party at 718 Kidder St., according to the Wilmington Police Department.

An 8 a.m. release from WPD noted that officers discovered “a gunfight had erupted” inside the home during the party. The remaining four gunshot victims are being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Around 3:30 p.m. WPD released the names of the victims who perished: 22-year-old male Zieyah Wade, 21-year-old male Shamir Jones, and a 16-year-old juvenile, whose name has been held due to age.

The four who were treated at NHRMC include 19-year-old female Zykeria Crawford, 18-year-old male Zymiryon Atkins, 18-year-old female Valery Orelus, and 21-year-old male Keyshawn James,.

“This is a tragic case with several young victims, and our hearts go out to their families and friends during this difficult time,” a spokesperson for WPD stated in a release.

WPD revealed its CSI team recovered several firearms at the scene and they are following all leads.

Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams told WECT early Saturday morning there is not yet a known motive, but assured the public is not in danger and the incident was isolated.

WECT: Mass shooting in Wilmington, N.C. leaves seven people shot, three dead

WPD had no suspects as of early Saturday morning, WECT reported.

In a video statement, District Attorney Ben David said the incident was one of the worst nights he’s ever had on the job.

“I do have something to say: I’ve been a prosecutor now for over two decades here in Wilmington. And last night was one of the very worst nights we’ve ever had in this city. I can’t imagine the loss and suffering these families are experiencing now,” David said. “And the grief that all of us feel needs to be met with that same commitment to doing justice for the victims in this case.”

This is an ongoing investigation and the WPD asks anyone with information to contact the department at (910)-343-3609 or send anonymous tips via the Wilmington, NC PD app or text 847411 (tip411) and include the keyword WPDNC.

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