Tuesday, March 5, 2024

WPD reveals names of 2 deceased in Thursday shooting

WILMINGTON — Officers released the names of two individuals killed in a shooting Thursday night, though noted the investigation is still underway.

READ MORE: 2 men killed, 1 in custody for shooting on Market Street

Wilmington resident Taemon Kennedy, 21, and Brunswick County resident Niyja Spain, 22, were killed during an altercation in a vehicle.

Wilmington Police Department units responded to a shooting just after 10 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot at 5229 Market Street. Prior to the incident, two individuals were meeting with two other males for a transaction inside a vehicle. After a brief conversation inside the car, a gun was discharged from the backseat into the front of the vehicle. The front passenger was struck from the gunshot.

Two men exited, one firing his weapon into the vehicle, striking one of the rear passengers multiple times.

Detectives are continuing to examine evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call WPD at 910-343-3609 or use the anonymous Tip 441 app.

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