DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club patron stabbed to death overnight


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Submitted: Tue, 01/25/2011 - 4:59am
Updated: Wed, 01/26/2011 - 2:13am
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THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT:

A fight in front of the Rhino Club, 125 Market Street, has resulted in the death of a Wilmington man.

The incident was reported at 2:12 a.m. on Monday morning. According to witnesses, a large crowd from the club exited at closing time and a fight broke out. Witnesses said 30 – 40 people were involved. Three men were stabbed. All three victims were driven to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center by people at the scene. One of the men, age 20, had been stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other two victims are being treated for stab wounds that do not appear to be life-threatening.

The name of the man who died will be released later today. This death is the first homicide reported in 2011.

A second violent incident, possibly related to the incident in front of the Rhino Club, was reported within a few minutes of the stabbings. Two men were shot in the 600 block of Emory Street at about 2:30 a.m. (approximate time). One was grazed by a shot to the head and the other was shot in the back. Neither of their wounds appears to be life-threatening. The victims told investigating WPD officers that they had witnessed the fight in front of the Rhino Club. They reported that they left the area and drove into the Creekwood community. They said that when they pulled in, someone opened fire on them from another vehicle.

Anyone with information about either of these cases is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Text Tip708 and the information, and send to CRIMES (274637).

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66 Comments on "DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club patron stabbed to death overnight"


guesty
2015 years 8 months ago

Put down your pipe, sober up and try posting again.

guesty
2015 years 8 months ago

Yes, you are rather ignorant.

Guest-Downtown
2015 years 8 months ago

ALE needs to step up and investigate this matter. If the patrons were from the Rhino, then pull their license at this point. Anyone can be stabbed downtown. Why were the police not watching their high tech camera system during this time, especially at this intersection where it appears fights occur nightly? They have cameras on the parking decks to monitor this area. The city has cut the police funding for downtown patrols. Why not bring in part time officers that work strictly on the weekends. They can build a relationship with the law abiding citizens and address the unruly crowds as well. The parking lot at the corner of Second and Market becomes a hang out area for the patrons from the Rox and the Rhino primarily as well as a couple of other establishments. Yes the owner of the clubs has a responsibility for their patrons after they leave after consuming alcohol in their establishments. This is one of the main purposes of the ALE. They need to confirm where the patrons were and address the responsible parties by fines, pulling their ABC licenses. Surfcity Tom you think this might fall under the “DRAM” Shop liability statue for North Carolina?

got your six
2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe it’s time for the Wilmington Police department to re-examine downtown laws and codes.

It’s been reported, someone died, others were injured in late night violence in Downtown.

Having a concealed carry permit, and a legally purchased handgun, in order to enjoy the river-walk and walk my dog, I must go unarmed.

No thanks. Tourist may think Wilmington is fairly crime free, but the stats don’t lie.

The few times I have gone to the river-walk, and been harassed by homeless people wanting cigarettes, and crackheads wanting money have convinced me to take my business and my dog elsewhere.

Wilmington should take a hard look at what kind of business, and customers they are trying to attract, and adjust laws and ordinances accordingly.

Lastly, Wilmington Downtown Inc executive director John Hinnant should stick to doing whatever it is that he does. What that is, is a mystery to me, as it goes from Ambassador’s without guns, to criticizing the ALE.

Is it true Wilmington has no public drunkenness law?

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE SITUATION..I PERSONALLY WITNESSED TWO COP CARS RIDE BY THE SCENE OF THE FIGHT LAST NIGHT BEFORE THE ALTERCATION ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE, AS A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU SHOULD NOT HESITATE TO STEP IN AN BREAK UP A FIGHT BEFORE IT HAPPENS. IF YOU WILL NOT STEP IN AND HELP(SEEING YOU HAVE PEPPER SPRAY, BATON, GUN,ETC…AND THE AUTHORITY TO USE ALL OF THOSE,) THEN HOW IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU EXPECT A BOUNCER TO STEP IN AND TRY TO BREAK IT UP…I PERSONALLY THINK THAT SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS DOWNTOWN COULD BE SOLVED IF THE POLICE WOULD BE MORE OF AN ASSISTANCE..WITH NOT JUST THE BLACK CLUBS THE WHITE CLUBS ALSO, AND EVEN THE MEXICAN CLUB 609.