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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man was shot in the knee while trying to purchase marijuana on Brunswick St. early Monday.

According to Wilmington police, the 31-year-old man was walking down Brunswick St. after leaving Cape Fear Wine & Beer around 1:30 a.m.

The victim tells police he was looking to purchase marijuana when the suspect snatched his money and shot him in the knee.

Police found the victim on the curb after he was shot, and he was admitted to the hospital.

No word on the victim’s name or condition. Police are still looking for the gunman.

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  • jj

    I do hope the police will charge this guy for trying to buy the stuff.

  • malcolm kyle

    Kindly follow the link to a scientific paper that determines empirically the homicide offense rate to changes in the percentage of arrests attributed to drug offenses. The empirical results obtained are consistent with a priori expectations that homicide offense rates are higher in communities that devote a greater percentage of their policing resources to the enforcement of drug laws.


    The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada recently reviewed 15 studies that evaluated the association between violence and drug law enforcement. “Our findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence.”


    Here is Julien Codman’s testimony, who was a member of the Massachusetts bar, given before the Senate Hearings of 1926:.

    “we will produce additional evidence on this point, that it is not appropriate legislation to enforce the eighteenth amendment; that it has done incredible harm instead of good; that as a temperance measure it has been a pitiable failure; that it has failed to prevent drinking; that it has failed to decrease crime; that, as a matter of fact, it has increased both; that it has promoted bootlegging and smuggling to an extent never known before”

    “We believe that the time has come for definite action, but it is impossible to lay before Congress any one bill which, while clearly within the provisions of the Constitution, will be a panacea for the evils that the Volstead Act has caused. We must not be vain enough to believe, as the prohibitionists do, that the age-old question of the regulation of alcohol can be settled forever by the passage of a single law. With the experience of the Volstead law as a warning, it behooves us to proceed with caution, one step at a time, to climb out of the legislative well into which we have been pushed.”


  • If marijuana was legalized then potheads would not have to go looking for it and end up getting shot. Would also help the deficit…… Just saying!

  • ChefnSurf

    about preventing unnecessary knee pain:

    Don’t buy weed from a guy on the street at 1:30 in the morning.

  • chaz

    kind of mean to give bad press to the bar where the guy had been probably 30 minutes before! Seeing as how he probably walked right by YOUR TV station just before Brunswick St, should the report mention that he was very close to YOUR business? Did you decide to print this to hide the fact that you are selling drugs near your business? Might have to make that equally ridiculous conclusion… or maybe it’s true!!???!?!?!


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