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Update: Man dead after Creekwood shooting; ambulance carrying 2nd victim involved in crash


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police say one man is dead and another hurt after a shooting in the Creekwood community Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday at 1005 North 30th Street.

According to police at the scene of the shooting, two black males were chased into a duplex by a group of five or six men. They ran up to the second floor, where the two victims were shot. There were people uninvolved in the incident on the first floor.

Police say the man that died was 19-year-old Jonathan Jones Jr of Jacksonville. The other man, 24-year-old Joseph Edwards Hanible of Wilmington, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but on the way, the ambulance carrying him was hit by another car at the intersection of Market and 16th Streets. Another ambulance took Hanible the rest of the way to the hospital.

A 9-1-1 caller from the incident was certainly surprised when the men ran into her home.

"I don't know people just ran into my house and shot them...(crying)...they ran into my house, ran up stairs and shot them."

Police say the group of gunmen ran out of the home and got into a white Honda with tinted windows and a blue and white box-style Chevrolet.

Police are still looking for the shooters.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3600. Or you can submit an anonymous tip through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message and send to CRIMES (274637).

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Change of leadership needed at WHA

Wilmington Housing Authority needs to implement some policies regarding residence in housing they control.

1. Mandatory drug testing of residents.

2. No one over the age of 18 is to be on the property after 9pm, unless they are the listed resident.
I'm sure the WPD could add enough officers, once the public see's that WHA is serious about protecting residents, and property paid for by the public.

3. Immediate removal of officials running WHA, to be replaced by someone who realizes taxpayers want safety, protection of property, and an end to violent situations that occur there.

4. Every 3 months, a visual inspection of units to assure they are being kept up to standards.

5. Hold residents responsible. If the unit is trashed, they are evicted, and listed, making sure they do not get public housing again,

you dont kno jack about wha

Do your house get inspected every 3months,ok then its not wha,itsppl who live there and just let anyone stay wit them...when to bad kids come to creekwood to buy drugs we don't treat them like trash we treated like they ppl.. a couple of months ago a white girl killed a 17 year old in hill crest and they still didn't find who killed c.Q or the guy that shot


I had to read your post 3 times before I finally understood what you you were trying to say. If you really want to get your point across, you need to post more clearly, quit using ebonics and using abbreviations, and learn how to spell.

OK, my house doesn't get inspected every 3 months because I OWN IT. No one has the right to come in MY house unless I give them permission. When you live in a project, you give up that right. You don't own that property, so the owners/landlords have the right to inspect it if they want to. I believe they should also have the right to kick out anyone they suspect of dealing drugs.

"When bad kids come to Creekwood to buy drugs"? Do you understand what you're saying? You're trying to blame bad kids for buying drugs and pulling Creekwood down, but they are buying the drugs from people in Creekwood! Hello! If the people in Creekwood wouldn't sell drugs, the kids wouldn't come there. Maybe you SHOULD start treating them like trash, and they might not come back.

Honestly, I would like to read a well written post from SOMEONE in Creekwood who sounds like they have at least a third grade education and a brain that hasn't been fried by drugs.

You hit that

on the head.

New leadership including a new Board of Directors.

Background checks on all residents & applicants. Any felony or multiple misdemeanor charges and out you go.

Gentlemen visitors, who are staying over, out you go.

Require occupants, who are physically able, to perform 40 hours of labor on the property, weekly. Require them to get a job.

Have the city set up a police sub-station at the entrance to the project or across the street.

DMV check for all vehicles on the property. Luxury and late model SUVs, should cause the Authority to question the finances of the occupant.

The list could go on; but this is a start. And the corrections have to start somewhere.

Oh and when the shooting victim is released from the hospital, out he goes.


WHA's director was arrested for DWI. He was allowed to keep his job. Do you really think they are going to change anything anytime soon?

How about time limits on how long you can stay in public housing before you have to fend for yourself? (EXCLUDING the documented disabled, they should have access to this without limit - that does not include the overweight - mentally against working and also those that have so many children running around that they cant work - all of those a dose of reality.)

He was a good boy

I dont even know the victim's name yet, but i can already tell you that he be'd a good boy. He weren't no thug. Wait and see what I tell you.

He didn't no nothin's

He's a good boy, he didn't no nothin, he's an aspiring rapper and/or athlete, oh and he was just turning his life around, too.


I wonder why all the posts that are defending this boy are almost illegible. None of them are written in proper english. This is exactly the root of the problem. To busy running the streets and not enough time getting an education. The school system is available to all. Take advantage of it and start giving a crap about yourself and your future. This will keep them all off the streets someday.... I should hope.

I will go ahead and verify

I will go ahead and verify what the "uneducated" people have tried to defend. I am a very well educated young woman who knew Jonathan. I absolutely agree with you that an education is essential in succeeding in life, but we all know that school is not for everyone. If we had more hands-on programs that would make school fun for students or meet the student's individual needs, we would have less drop-out rates.

Beside the school factor, you have no idea what this child (I say child because he was so young) was going through at home. You have no idea of his past. All you probably know is his past record on paper. There's more to a person than what you read in articles and blogs written by journalists who do nothing, but try and find all they can to provide the media with an interesting piece of work. This CHILD was truly a loving person. He was "running the streets" because he, like many others, thought it was the quickest way to provide for his family. He was the type to give the shirt off of his back to someone else in need, knowing he had nothing else to wear. He was the neighbor who helped with yard work and house repairs because it was the right thing to do. He cared about everyone around him, no matter if he knew them or not. To put his name in vain, and make him sound like the stereotypical "thug" and "gang-banger" is just ignorant.

People should really think about what they write before they post things to public places like this. I understand the message you're trying to send, but the way you worded it was very offensive and uncalled for.

By Jonathan

I assume you mean the deceased. Just want to be certain.

Now you list all of these wonderful attributes for him. And perhaps they were part of him.

BUT, he was a convicted felon at 16. He had 3 years to mend his ways; but apparently did not. His Mother was quoted in the print media indicating he was depressed due to that coviction and other pending charges.

Let me go further.

He was not living with his parents. Again, in the print media, his Mother noted she and his Father were both in Quantannamo Bay Cuba as defense contractors.

One might wonder why he was not with them. One might wonder why, if she knew he was facing problems and depression, she did not return to Jacksonville to help him get right with the world? Certainly, one would think she could have taken a leave of absence. But she chose not to.

So he's living in unknown or uncertain circumstances, in Jacksonville, while his parnets are out of the country.

And after his death, they return for a March against violence in Jacksonville. Did you attend? To me, that was a belated gesture.

Sorry, but perception is reality.

Sure thing

So him running another person into a house to shoot & kill him was helping how? Providing for his family? Yea, I'm sure that is exactly what he was doing with his cash. I'm sure he was turning everything he "earned" over to mama.

Keep on defending thugs, lowlifes & criminals, we enjoy the laughs.

Ignorance Must Be Bliss

Um, you tell me exactly what you would do if a group of people armed with weapons were chasing after you. You would just stand there right? You wouldn't even attempt to save yourself, right? You would just let them shoot your brains out, huh? Yeah, we all would...psh. It's called instinct. When in danger, we seek safety. And yes, that's exactly what I said. You may quote me on that if you'd like. Every last dime of cash he made was put toward his family because he wasn't just a "thug" or a "criminal". He wasn't a heartless "lowlife", he cared about his family. He may not have made the best decisions, but he did what he could.

You don't understand how hard it is for people to get hired who have a record. People make bad decisions, serve their time, and if/when they attempt to change their life, society stops them. People, like you, turn your heads at people with records because "once a thug, always a thug." People can change if they got the help that they needed. We were put onto this Earth as brother and sisters, meaning we need to help each other, not sit her and judge and turn our heads at those who are "lower lives" than us. You should be ashamed of yourself. Instead of labeling and judging others, why don't you try and help those who people you clearly don't understand. Maybe if enough people like yourself attempted to help change those who truly needed it, we would have less "thugs" on the streets.

Go ahead and say that it's not your problem and why should you help. It is your problem, clearly, if you feel the need to post things like that on a public blog. If you don't help them, who's to say that anyone will, and then our entire world will be full of hatred and crime. No one wants that.

People can change but...

We do live in a world of hatred and crime. Thats why this happened in the first place.

If we continue to make excuses for why "someone" didn't help him then people will just continue by perpetuating the cycle. We must not tolerate crime, no exception end of the story.

Wilmington is a small city, lets be honest. We are sitting right next to bad neighborhoods no matter which corner you live in. I for one am completely sick of us constantly having to build more and more housing complexes that breed crime.

If you make a mistake, you must live with it. If we forgive everyone, there will be no reprocussions and it will be anarchy. Some strange thing happened years ago and going to jail in this "thug" lifestyle became cool. This is a product of a poor society and those who break the law, continue to produce more people who break the law.

The problem is the welfare system. Plain and simple. True, there are wealthy children who go the wrong way. However, unfortunatley, that is the world we live in. In the poverty stricken areas, is not the exception, it is the rule.

Term limits on assisted livings, requirements and assistance to find work for ALL productive citizens and zero tolerance for violence and drugs. We need to start throwing the book at people and run them out of our small city. If they don't want to work, and find excuses to drive them to the point to commit crime - they will not be tolerated.

It's quite simple - its the excuses that made it complicated.


Another exciting night in the hood. I feel bad for the innocent people that are trying to live decent lives in poverty and are constantly exposed to this crap.



Sounds like a gang movie...

...featuring Thugg, Thuggie, Thuggster, Thuggice and Thuggshizzam. Some pretty violent crime going on in them parts! If the government would simply require random drug tests to maintain qualification for residence, this kind of crime would dissappear. Plus, about 75% of the entitlement recipients would have to go get jobs to survive...after passing a drug test, of course.

You do what you've always done. You get what you've always gotten...

off the streets

another drug dealer off the streets.. But I know "he was a good boy"
yea right...

I don't know this kid or why

I don't know this kid or why he died but who are you to say it was drugs you don't know and neither do I but to be a jackass and say something like that is rude and inconsiderate have some respect because one day that could be your kid and I may say good thing another jackass off the streets


Thank you, I agree completely. This is not the place. Please, people, keep your ignorance to yourselves. A beautiful woman's child is now gone. No parent should have to bury their child and she did. Have some respect.


While my family mourns the death of our Jonathan (Yes that was his name and he was a human being) I hope it burns in your conscience that your insensitive, hurtful words were being read by his aunt, his little cousin, and his uncle. I pray that you never feel the pain of losing a child, I pray that you understand that once words are said they can't be taken back, but most of all I hope that you are never judged without culpability just as you have judged my nephew.

Yea Right

And the parents of these boys, most of their parents support what they do out there on the streets.


A shooting involving black males? really? What a surprise!!!

What's that suppose to

What's that suppose to mean.. what cause the blackman
ain't jumping of bridges, cause the uneployment rate is high, or putting babies in the trashcan, I don't understand what u meant by that... Oh let me not forget shooting at schools and killing innocent children cause they parents touched them... Someone lost a life, some mother is burying her Child. Don't matter what color they are...

First thing come out your

First thing come out your mouth black males did you comment when that old white male killed his wife did you comment when that white male tried to kill his girlfriend it don't matter the color of a person its the person inside a person what a jerk

How much did the taxpayers pay for?

How much did (we) the taxpayers pay for your internet connect and home computer? Just curious, wanted to see if it was better then the one I paid for with my own money.


You know what p*sses me off? My son lost a day of work at his new job due to the hurricane, so he saw where he could apply for reimbursement at DSS. He went through all the paperwork and then got notice that because he hasn't been in the job for 20 consecutive weeks, he doesn't qualify. Why didn't they tell him that at the beginning?

I overheard a black woman yesterday while in line at a store who said she applied for food stamps and told DSS that she lost everything in her refrigerator because of the hurricane. She only lost power 2 hours, still has that food, and now DSS has given her $300 to "replace" what was lost. She failed to report that her husband works for the water company (she didn't report his income at all because he makes a good salary and it would disqualify her for food stamps), and she draws $700 a month disability.

So the people who rightfully SHOULD receive some help are not getting it, while the ones who don't REALLY need it are. P*sses me off.


Wait, a shooting in Creekwood? A gang? I don't believe that for one second.

I believe

that address is in Creekwood.

Thus, while the Police conduct their investigation, pray tell what steps will the Housing Authority be taking to reduce or eliminate these types of incidents in public housing?

How about drug testing and

How about drug testing and criminal background checks before folks are allowed to move into taxpayer funded housing?


I believe if everyone living there would have to submit to drug testing in order to be accepted to live in public housing AND submit to random screenings, alot of crimes would be eliminated n public housing. Just an idea? Whatcha think?