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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Police Officers tell us about 50 kids and adults started fighting near 12th and Chestnut Streets this afternoon.

They say the fight continued down to 13th Street and then onto the playground at Rankin Terrace.

They arrested at least five of the fighters.

We’re waiting to get more information from the Police Department and will have more when it comes in.


Wilmington Police Department
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – 7:20 p.m.
Case#: 2011-012746

Time: Dispatched at 3:39 p.m. – Wednesday afternoon

Location: 12th and Chestnut Streets, to 13th and Princess Streets and finally to 11th and Rankin Streets (Rankin Terrace).

Offense: Affray, disorderly conduct, related offenses

Summary: A WPD officer patrolling in the area of 12th & Chestnut Streets saw a group of 40 – 50 people fighting. As additional officers converged on the area, people began walking or running away in different directions. Some ran south on 12th Street onto Princess Street and began fighting again behind New Hanover High School. As officers arrived there, the group again dispersed and then resumed fighting in the middle of Rankin Terrace. Officers began arresting people who were fighting. WPD officers arrested six people (three adults, three juveniles). Several NHCSO school resource officers responded to assist, and they arrested at least one person. Officers confiscated two knives at the scene. No one was seriously injured. It is unclear at this time why the fighting began.

Arrest information is incomplete tonight, but additional details may be available tomorrow (Thursday).



This is to confirm that WPD officers responded at about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to disperse a large disorderly crowd.

Two groups, ranging in age from early teens to young adults, were involved in the fight. Officers broke it up and moved the two groups apart, but the groups came back together and began fighting again near Rankin Terrace (12th and Rankin Streets).

At least several people were arrested. Additional information will be disseminated as soon as details are available.

Comment on this Story

  • uncw student

    i think that altogether gangs is a problem is new hanover and brunswick counties, especailly people wishing they were in a gang and claim it but aren’t and people that are in gangs, it is out of control, there is igger better things in life. they are a threat to society and they need to all be locked up. i am a college student, i am tryign to better my life becuz there is more to life than gang banging and drugs and thing that will never get you anywhere reguardless of race or religion it is a porblem in society that we need to work together to break the cycle and save out community.

  • Guest

    wway is racist, i tried to post my opinion on the man and the 15 yr boy three times and they wouldnt accept it, it didnt have anything racist all i said was the truth about the situation so why didnt it get publish? Oh yeah because the man was white and the gay boy was white. But they will let yall come on black people news headline that is dead and say some of the rudiest things and thats because they are black and yall think its funny but its NOT.

  • Guest

    I’m so tired of the”race” card being pulled. Grow up people!! If it smells like poop and looks like poop…….it probably is! Learn how to spell!

  • Guest

    Right, All 50 of the kids involved in this fight came from Columbus County…brilliant comment GuestLee. Is that the best you can come up with? COCO is right and didn’t sound holier than thou. Sounds like you have a problem with Christians. Many folks used the girl fight to slam Columbus County and suddenly forgot the problems happening in their neck of the woods. I guess COCO struck a nerve with you.

  • guesty

    Sorry chuckles, when you are in the public there is no expectation of privacy. You can be filmed all day long without your consent. It is sad that this is a topic of conversation, another group of young black people that can’t seem to behave in public. It is also old and the “white ppl” are getting tired of it.

  • Grand Ole Party

    I hope you are five or maybe six years old. You are not able to put a single sentence together. You are a perfect example of our failing school system. Or maybe it came from home. Who knows. But of course in the end it is all about color with morons like yourself. No one gives a flying &^%$ anymore about your color. We care more about your actions.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Can you not even spell simple words? What in the name of hell is POLICES? Please don’t post if you are that ignorant. When have you seen a police officer not want to do his or her job? I assume you have been in trouble with the law before?

  • Guest

    thats the problem the police dnt wanna do their jobs but they want a raise in pay…HA THATS FUNNY they wasting taxes payers dollars as well what do we need polices from if they not doing their jobs they letting people kill each other so they wont have their life on the line hmmm isnt that their job protecting the community. Polices and dectives pay should be cut since we are doing all the work

  • Guest

    I hope them other two boys in that video sue yall or something for putting them on here and talking bout gangs and yall didnt have their consent. Taaron didnt have nothing to do with this fight so why is his name and picture up here? Isn’t it enough the police got him down for murder charges just to rest a case they couldnt solved, now he gone and fights break out he is the center of it hmmm never heard of a died person running things on earth. BOTTOM LINE WHITE PPL/wway is RACISTS AND IF THIS WAS A WHITE PERSON AND A WHITE “GANG”” FIGHT THIS WOULDNT EVEN BE A TOP OF CONVERSation.

  • COCO

    You mean fights happen in places other than Columbus County in southeastern NC? Say it isn’t so. I thought the people of New Hanover County had evolved to a point that they did not have any fights and could therefore look down on the “ignorant” people of Columbus County. Check the facts folks, NHC has many more fights, stabbings, murders, etc. than Columbus County per capita. At least with the girl fight, as wrong as it was, there were no “young adults” involved in the fight with them like there was in this story! Wilmington is the cesspool of SE NC and has been for many years. It is a gang infested, drug infested cesspool. Columbus has its problems, and some of the high and mighty “educated” folks and media of New Hanover like to think the people in Columbus still go barefoot with tobacco juice running out of their mouth but I believe you will find friendlier and more God fearing folks there than you ever will in New Hanover.

  • GuestLee

    Yeah, you sound real friendly there, slick. It coninues to amaze me how you “God fearing folks” always spew out revenge and holier than thou attitudes. I wonder if these 50 kids were originally from Columbus County…just a thought.

  • Guest Apu

    12th & Chestnut, Rankin Terrace? I dont think the graphic shown with the story title is an accurate representation of the kids involved, considering the neighborhood where the fights occurred…

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    What a shocker. Next, you’ll be telling me that they deal drugs at Tenth and Dawson.

  • Guest


  • guesty

    I always thought the natives were just friendly the way they wave you over; rush the car if you happen to stop. Next thing I know you will try to tell me I might get robbed downtown.

    Thanks for deleting my other comment WWAY. Guess it hit a little too close to home.

  • guesty

    Then maybe more would join the gang general in his eternal dirt nap.

  • Guest

    Some people have no respect. The man is dead, and people are still TRYING to throw dirt on his name..LET HIM REST IN. People that don’t know the meaning behind such need to KEEP THEIR MOUTH CLOSED. You all say it’s a gang but its far from that!! From what I understand a group of teens/young adults cant gather in a group of 3 or more without being considered a gang. All everyone talks about is the “negative” things they hear, but what about the positive things that they’ve done in the community?? Nobody acknowledges or even think about that. People that make statements such as this piss me the **** off.

  • dubb iishh

    Yo watch wat you say bout meek ya hear me!

  • Guest

    Why is everyone so nasty on here? There were also kids involved, not just adults…it seems like some there are always people on here ready to pounce. I don’t see how someone can even say out loud that the solution to this and other problems around here is to let them fight. Please remember that everyone involved is someone’s child, sister, brother etc. A little empathy goes a long way……..

  • Guest

    Know what I’m sayin?!

  • Not Politically Correct

    They should have took the police cars and ran everybody over and ended it right quick so now us working people will have to pay for their court appointed lawyers what a waste of tax dollars.If they were to shoot them on the spot it might would eventually lower our taxes, wait the corrupt government officials would find something else to waste it on. So guess they did the best they could.

  • guesty

    Do you want to join your punk general?

  • Guest Apu

    Yo, Meek was a punk gang member, ya hear me. I’m sorry his family is left with the pain that he put them through, because his lifestyle is what ultimately killed him. Only those who think drugs, guns, & crime are ok are protecting his rep now.

    Thank you, come again!

  • guesty

    What did your thug friend do to earn respect? He was a criminal that deserves no respect. He has plenty of time to rest in the dirt nap state he is in. You say teens in groups of 3 or more are wrongly considered a gang. How about a group of 40+ punks that run from the police? What positive things have gangs done to your community? What good things did your thug buddy do? Get ready to live a life of being mad because people are starting to tire of criminals and will continue to talk badly about your punk heroes.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Maybe if the punk had been a real MAN we would have shown a little respect. He was suspected of murder and a member of a gang. Nothing to respect. No one cares if it pi**es you off. We are all just happy he is gone.

  • Guest09

    Here is your chance to acknowledge some of the positive things they have done for the community. Please give me some examples.

  • Guest Apu

    He made sure everyone was well supplied with their party-favor of choice…now if that’s not serving the community, I don’t know what is!

  • Guest

    DUDE!! Are you serious!? If so, “we” are all waiting to read the list of all the POSITIVE things these “teens/young adults” have done for your community, especially when they’re out running the streets unsupervised! Oh, do tell.

    From what I can see they’re 0-for-0! So here’s you chance there buddy!..


  • Guest

    I like the ideas of either letting them battle it out or running them over with cop cars. Just sayin…..


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