UPDATED: Man shot near downtown Wilmington

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Submitted: Mon, 02/20/2012 - 7:14pm
Updated: Tue, 02/21/2012 - 12:56pm

THE LATEST FROM THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT: WPD officers responded to a report of shots fired and located the victim, age 27, on the front porch of a residence in the 700 block of S. 5th Avenue. (NOTE: The victim had sustained gunshot wounds to the hand and chest.) Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. The victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. The victim told investigating officers that several men had tried to gain entry through the back door of his residence. He fought with them in the backyard until they shot him. After his attackers fled, the victim ran from his own residence and knocked on a couple of neighbors’ doors before getting help at the residence where officers found him. Several witnesses who provided information said the assailants may have left the area in a 2009 Honda Accord, possibly white with tinted windows.

NOTE: Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message, and send to CRIMES (274637).

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting after a man called New Hanover County Dispatch claiming he was shot in the leg and attacked by five men.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday near Fifth and Wooster Streets.

No word on the victim’s condition.


  • guesty says:

    And since the police were not actively watching the property, you developed a hatred for the police. Here I thought it was just because you couldn’t make the cut for the force.

  • guesty says:

    Sorry, I got caught in the WWAY time warp.

  • guesty says:

    Give thinking a chance, it may just open your eyes.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Spread out public housing and share the misery. Princess Place was once a nice area.

  • Guestyish says:

    Unfortunately, where there’s public housing, there’s crime. It’s not any different anywhere in the country. Lack of a whole lot of things, i.e., education, parenting, you name it. Cesspools. Problem is, they don’t always stay there, they venture out into where the law abiding, tax paying citizens live. Unfortunately, in many cases, it is in historic city’s where public amenities abound. I am not afraid of the Downtown Historic area at all, it’s what SURROUNDS it that scares me and I would never be caught driving through without my windows closed and doors locked…

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    is where I grew up and before Creekwood was a great area. We had a home between 29th and 30th street and after Creekwood they were stealing everything the could out of the yard and even came into the house one day when my mother was there alone.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    That’s what you get for thinking…

  • RSimmons says:

    Creekwood was built in the 70’s? I think. If I were King Creekwood would have been a gated community from day one. One way in and out with a guard gate. If you don’t belong there you can’t get in.
    I agree Princess Place along the street is struggling, I know someone near Chestnut and 15th and it has been pretty good for them the last few years but if they go 2 blocks towards town it is still overrun with druggies and thieves .

    I lived in Princess Place neighborhood (up by Calvary Baptist)for about 10 years. That is still a good safe area.

  • guesty says:

    Sorry, I got caught in the WWAY time warp.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    You’re absolutely correct – public housing is a swinepit wherever you go.

    So where did we ever get the crazy idea that the government should be in the landlord buisness? Why are we building these concentrated neighborhoods of TANF, EBT, Medicaid, drugs and crime? If our goal was to keep the problems concentrated in one area, we forgot the last critical step – building a twenty-foot wall around it.

    On a more serious note, why are there no restrictions on how long you can live in public housing and sponge off society? I recall one story right here on WWAY, after a shooting in Creekwood: “…… , who has lived in Creekwood for thirteen years, said….”

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Just stay downtown – they’ll come to you!

  • Guest1212 says:

    Key being checking out our website. That is why you use the phrase near downtown. This will always draw more attention even though we all know people who walk and use the downtown area do not go to 5th and Wooster.

  • oldtimer 60 says:

    Maybe it should read “man shot near WWAY Television Station”

  • Guest42242 says:

    said something different last night Scott.

  • Guest111 says:

    I agree completely!

  • Guest461 says:

    Shootings, robberies and drugs are a “nightly” occurrence in downtown Wilmington. At least one report every day it seems. You can build all of the condos, baseball fields, marinas and convention centers you want. Even if any of those could be “attractions” to our area, nobody wants to visit a crime-ridden, urine stenched and rundown city area with these kinds of headlines every day.

  • RSimmons says:

    Downtown bashing is alive and well here(not that some of it isn’t well deserved). I have a number of friends who live in the historic overlay and are investing their time, money and energy into making reshaping these neighborhoods. It is a tough fight that the city isn’t making any easier IMO. Redefining downtown as a area only 4-5 blocks wide by 12 blocks long and concentrating municipal resources on that area while reducing resources in other problem areas is grossly unfair.
    One long term solution IMO is to disperse the public housing to correct the previous mistake of concentrating it all near downtown. It is hard to make an neighborhood attractive when it is exposed to the social problems and criminal elements that concentrate in public housing projects. Having closed Nesbitt Courts on the Southside has made a noticeable difference in positive outlook for the neighborhood.

  • Downtowner says:

    I think all these comments show a general fear of downtown. As someone who lives downtown and just blocks from where this happened, I can tell you it’s not what people are saying here.
    My view of downtown is somewhere with amazing people, friendly neighbors, small independent shops, and a community trying hard to make a difference. Regardless of boundaries and tags, there is crime throughout our city, but when you constantly badmouth one area and stop looking for the good, you will only find the bad.

  • guesty says:

    You must not be that sharp, so for people like you I put the {sarcasm> to help you know where the sarcasm started and {/sarcasm> for where it ended. Go ask an adult or see if you can buy a clue.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    {/ I’m an adult and nominally sharp but I didn’t get your little symbol thing either. As sharp as you are, I’m sure you noticed that I bracketed my post with your little symbol things just like you did. In some way, not entirely understood by myself, I hope this lends more insight into my post as well. >

  • Guest76 says:

    I have an easier way for people to know when your posts are sarcasm, if it has Guesty at top it’s sarcasm.

  • guesty says:

    I can’t argue that fact with you.

  • guesty says:

    …sarcasm? Wow, what a sheltered life you must have. I don’t think you are as sharp as you think you are.

  • Guest1212 says:

    end zone 9 blocks away

  • guesty says:

    {sarcasm>I’m sure it is the End Zone bar’s fault he was shot because otherwise this is a very nice area.{/sarcasm>

  • Kera says:

    For all of you that think you know what yall are talking about he did not get shot by the endzone and some people was trying to break into his house and he was doing a good deed at protecting his family. ESPECIALLY HIS KIDS!! So before you come commenting KNOW THE STORY!! OTHERWISE KEEP QUITE!!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    The chief can set any random, arbitrary borders he’s pressured to, but to most people the historic district, downtown, “Brooklyn,” and the swinepit ‘hood all merge into an indistinguishable cluster of violent crime.

    It’s oh-so-convenient to try and detach “downtown” from violence, but it’s just as easy to be shot on 4th and Castle as it is on 5th and Wooster.

  • Guest357sig says:

    Lipstick on a pig. We all know where downtown is. A fail police chief redefining the boundaries to make his crime stats artificially low does not change a thing.

  • Guest42242 says:

    It has been less than a month since Chief Evangelous defined the boundaries of downtown as Castle Street to the Isabel Holmes Bridge and Fifth Avenue to the River. Please change the title of this story.

  • Scott Pickey says:

    Guest42242 – The headline says NEAR downtown – not IN downtown. I think we can all agree 5th and Wooster, which is only, what, a block or two from 5th and Castle, is NEAR downtown. Thanks for taking the time to check out our website and for leaving a comment.


    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director

  • Guest55 says:

    Calling a pig a cat doesn’t make the pig purr.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Your comment of “The location someone is in doesn’t make them decide if they should be a criminal or not, it’s called a CHOICE” is correct except certain locations are more crime prone than others.

    There are people that simply will not admit, public housing and the proximity of it to residential areas, are almost safe havens for fleeing violent criminals. Virtually no cooperation from residents, stalled investigations etc works for the crooks, not us.

    Where the crime happens, this block, or that block is not as important as reducing the causes of it. Values and morals need to placed in the young EVERYWHERE to stamp out violence.

    Until violent offenders know serious time awaits them for crimes, the revolving door of the criminal justice system will continue to spew violent, unemployable, people out until they commit a crime so severe the only option will be life imprisonment.

    As for the “wouldn’t know crime if it bit us in the a@@”, these days, I wouldn’t be so sure. And criminals need to learn that all the easy victims of the past, are being more prepared for criminals in the future. That could be a costly mistake for criminals to make.

  • Tracie C says:

    ROFL! It amuses me how easy it is for one comment to start some of the stupidest threads ever. Are you all so ready to believe that the downtown boundaries have anything to do with the amount of crime in ANY area close to downtown? And even so….who cares? CRIME IS EVERYWHERE people. Did you know there are crackheads, murderers, child rapists, drunk drivers, etc. in affluent neighborhoods also? Criminals come from many different neighborhoods and social standings. The location someone is in doesn’t make them decide if they should be a criminal or not, it’s called a CHOICE, not a good choice but it is a choice. Kind of like the choice made by those who post and have NOTHING constructive or remotely intelligent to say.
    Thanks to the WWAY response, I understood it…NEAR downtown. As far as I can see there was no verification of an actual shooting either (I deduced this by actually READING the article!). Stick your heads back in the sand peeps…you wouldn’t recognize “crime” if it bit you in the ass anyway.

  • Guestsnicker says:

    A shooting at 5th and Wooster? There has to be some mistake…Say it isn’t so…there goes the neighborhood!

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