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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington resident found out alcohol and guns don’t mix.

Around 8:30 last night, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Kidder Street. They found 60-year-old Leonard Sanders there. Police say he was drunk and admitted to firing his gun off his front porch and into a tree in the front yard.

Sanders also told police the gun was in his home, as well as five additional rifles and shotguns. Officers placed the handgun into evidence and took the others for safekeeping.

Police arrested Sanders and charged him with discharging a firearm within the city limits. He posted bond and is out of jail.

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10 Comments on "Man arrested for shooting a tree"

2015 years 9 months ago

If I lived on or near Kidder Street I’d be damn happy you reported this story.


2015 years 9 months ago

Is this what you call an editorial reply?

2015 years 9 months ago

Good job Scott…as the news director, it might behoove you to try to act a bit professional when dealing with criticism…you sound like a teenage girl…congratulations

2015 years 9 months ago

About time someone took charge here Scott. Inmates been running the asylum for too long. Kudos to you sir.

2015 years 9 months ago

Will do! Best piece you have writting so far…

2015 years 9 months ago

wow. you are a little defensive.

2015 years 9 months ago

is this really all you can find to report on?? psshhh…

Scott Pickey
2015 years 9 months ago

Guestwhocares – No, it’s not ALL we can find to report on.

It’s actually one of MANY stories we’re covering today.

I think the headline was fairly apparent. If you don’t fancy what’s in the headline, I would suggest not wasting your time clicking into the story.


Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

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2015 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t this man’s actions be considered…”Treeson”?

2015 years 9 months ago

This goof ball is the poster child for gun control. He should be forced to apologize to the tree and give it a hug.


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