Neighbors worry teen’s shooting death may be start of violence

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Submitted: Thu, 06/20/2013 - 9:32pm
Updated: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 8:19pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 17-year-old boy is dead after an early morning shooting. Now police and residents in a Wilmington neighborhood are trying to piece together exactly what went wrong.

One neighbor said he and his wife had both just fallen asleep, but they were quickly woken up by what sounded like a scene from the wild west.

After retiring from his job in with the Department of Corrections Hampton Colclough, 63, moved to what he calls a quiet neighborhood at the corner of 6th and Kidder streets in Wilmington. But his perception of the neighborhood changed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

“It sounded like cowboys out here. It was just bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. That was it,” Colclough said.

After hearing about 10 shots ring out around his house, Colclough looked out the front door and saw the body of Jeffrey Henry, 17, face down in his front yard between his trash cans.

“I was kind of shocked,” Colclough said. “To have that right there by my door, right there a body laying there like that, I mean, I was shocked. When someone’s life is snuffed out at an early age, it’s just a shame, but this is the kind of world we live in right now.”

Using Dogs and the SABLE helicopters, police found a second man with a gunshot in his leg hiding in a nearby backyard.

Though investigators say there is not yet a connection between the two victims, Colclough says he fears this is not the end of the violence. Other neighbors, who asked not to go on camera for fear of retaliation, shared his thoughts.

“He was a member of the Bloods,” Colclough said. “Now there’s either Bloods or Crips, and there’s not Crips here. It’s all Bloods. You can expect repercussions as a result.”

Investigators have not yet said who the the second shooting victim is, but officers did question him at the hospital.

If you have any information on the shootings call the police.


  • yall dumb says:

    I think its so funny how when a BLACK male is killed his life is torn apart and questioned first off he was 17 which means he was a young man 2 guns doesn’t mean he had a weapon 3 ppl were shot that night don’t say anything about family love because at 17 I was in the national guard and outside at 1:30am I was raised in hillcrest but my mother didn’t receive a check she worked and worked hard I’m now 25 still in the military married with no kids not living in any project let him rest in peace and worry about wtf is going on in your home not about somewhere else not all kids are out doing wrong so do everybody a favor and stfu it wasn’t your family of friend don’t worry about it

  • GuestReality says:

    First off, this is a PUBLIC forum, which means it’s open for PUBLIC comments. Anyone can comment on any article they see on this site. You’re in the military. You should be defending the freedom of speech instead of trying to shut everyone up just because you don’t like what they’re saying.

    Kudos to you for getting out there and making something of yourself. The only problem is, when you get angry, you let the projects mentality show through. You’re better than that. You can get your point across without profanity. The “stfu” comment makes you sound like a 13 year old.

  • GuestMan. says:

    with your compassion. Your love and respect for your fellow man is beyond anything I’ve ever seen.

  • guesty says:

    Public forum so anybody can post anything they want. I don’t know him, don’t know his situation and don’t care. If you want to grieve, stay off this site because people will continue to post.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    The purpose of this forum is to allow people to make comments, whether you like them or not, whether you feel they are ignorant or not. While nobody wants to see a young man die at an early age, there are inherent reasons for that being discussed here and they are relevant. You may want to do a little dissection yourself and pay heed so that you don’t wind up in the same situation!

    If you don’t like the comments, shut your peepers and turn off your cell fone. If you are truly grieving, you shouldn’t have the time to be screwing off here!

  • GuestBaloney says:

    GuestMan, we all know that this isn’t a funeral parlor. Too bad that there are those who think that this is their private coffee klatch, back fence or club where they may put down, insult and demean those who have suffered. I appreciate that you called out these “righteous trash” for what they are, trash who enjoy spewing at the suffering of others.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …funeral parlor. It is intended for comments. Due to the nature of the news which is sometimes unnecessarily violent and with morbid outcomes, these comments may not always have the nature of showing love and compassion. When you visit those from the hood which you adore and have respect for, as they lay in position for viewing, and that they are there due to questionable activity, please outlay every ounce of respect you can muster up.

    This is a news blog, not a funeral home. People will have comments and opinions and are allowed to freely express them here.

  • GuestMan. says:

    Just because it’s a news blog doesn’t mean that one has to lose any semblance of decorum or good manners that you may have.
    At least this post isn’t as racist as some you have written lately but your sarcasm fails to reach the heights you were striving for.
    I hope you continue to take the baby steps that you are in integrating a more moderate view in your posts.

  • Guest8976098 says:

    No offense, but you sound like a little child who focuses on all the other children who are misbehaving instead of his own poor conduct. Address the problem like a grown-up. Did you not read above about taking responsibility? Also, re-read the above post and see if you can find one thing that was not a “fact.” It contained nothing but facts, and was intended to help, not put down. You are correct, there are elements of white culture (meth, goth, death metal music)that are destructive, but here’s the important part, I do not expose myself or my family to that crap. It’s called being a MAN and taking responsibility. It’s also called LOVING your children and making sure that they are not being influenced by societal lowlifes. It’s real simple, I take responsibility for myself and for my family, as do my black friends who also share my values/culture. My black friends who do not allow BET, rap, and the hip hop culture into their homes. They do not allow their kids to be impressed by rappers and gang bangers. Instead, they LOVE their children by enforcing rules, setting limits, exhibiting a work ethic, and being positive, prosocial role models. In other words, they are responsible parents who care about their children, rather than letting their children be raised by a hip hop/gang culture that will only lead to poverty and despair.

  • Guest6858 says:

    Well said Guest 48796. That pretty much cover’s it, except to say that this president is the worst thing that could have happened to the black race. Has set it back 40 years.

  • Guest33 says:

    Funny how “crackers” can be thrown around so loosely, but the moment any racial slur about blacks is used, the NAACP and media is all over it… I do not like to be referred to as a “cracker,” just like you would not want to be referred to as a “thug” or the n word. It’s offensive.

  • Guest48796 says:

    Maybe in your culture it’s normal for teenagers to walk the streets at night, but not mine, which is probably why my culture is not known for their propensity towards violence, lack of achievement, poverty, and low educational attainment. Instead, I was raised in a culture that values personal responsibility, that realizes the world owes me nothing, that if I want to be successful I need to take full advantage of my educational opportunities, to choose a good career, to live a moral lifestyle (i.e., getting married prior to having children), to delay immediate gratification, and to have something called a work ethic. (And no, walking to your mailbox once a month to collect your check is not considered having a work ethic.) Please note that I’m referring to culture not race, there are good and sorry people in all races. But I will say this about the inner city, gang focused, hip hop culture…it is destroying the black race. If members of the KKK got together and thought of the best way to destroy the black race, they would recommend the following: make education the least of priorities, encourage a fondness for gangs, become as dependent as possible on the government, create music and entertainment that glorifies violence, drugs, and degradation of women (i.e., rap, BET), encourage fathers to be unsupportive and estranged from their children, encourage women to be attracted to the drug dealing thug (rather than the guy working his butt off in the classroom and on the job), and encourage as much illegitimacy as possible. This culture is creating more damage (and death) to the Black race than anything the KKK could ever accomplish.

  • Guest5454213553553645++25 says:

    Timeout I agree he wasnt supposed to be out that late but if u talk about culture lets look at all the sick crackers in the world.this is a fact majority of serial killers in the usa are white males so before you talk about race and culture know what you are talking about. however I do beleive he was shooting back because two guns were recovered at the scene but please dont bring culture. When whites kill they kill in masses look at sandyhook what color was he white look at colubine what color white know your factsyi

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of peace to you and all others who knew Jeff.

  • D.B. says:

    rest in peace baby boy, you will truly be missed! Jeff you were a really cool and nice person to be around and you always made others happy. Some say that you weren’t the best person to hang around but i bed to differ, Jeff you were! I remember you kept telling people at MG that you had and was trying to change your life around and if you moved back to N.C. you wouldn’t stay alive long. No one thought that this would actually come true! We weren’t the best of friends of course but you were my friend, a good friend! I know that you’re in a better place Jeff, or should i say Jeffrey(you hated when people called you that)! I love you and miss you truly. R.I.P Jeffrey Stefano Henry!
    Yours Truly,

  • Guestomfg says:

    “fraudulent system”? Did that system make him carry a gun? Make him run the streets? yeah, didn’t think so. If you people would take responsibility for yourselves and stop blaming the “system” you might thrive. We have a black President or haven’t you noticed? Color does NOT KEEP YOU DOWN, I have zero sympathy for your race.

  • tweety11 says:

    There is nothing funny about being called a King or a Queen.It would take to long to give you the history lesson about it.The long and short of it.Young black men and women had been called everything under the sun.So grandparents of old instilled in them there greatest there heritage(not all were dressed like want you so in tarzan movies.They were of royal heritage and some still try to encourage there young Kings and Queens.Do they all get the message,no.All you herar about are those that don’t get it.Trust and believe that there are a lot that do get it.As some of your Black friends.Soapbox this is done everyday.

  • GuestPragmatism says:

    First, I hold extremely socially liberal views, went to DC Virgo then New Hanover High, and have many black friends. I say that to explain that I’m not some stereotypical suburban commentator who doesn’t understand the complexities of contemporary African American issues.

    Now that I’ve established my credentials, I have to say that was one of the most absurd comments I’ve read on WWAY or any other local news outlet in some time.

    BLACK KINGS? Really? What if I got on my esoapbox and started complaining about how young black men in Wilmington are destroying our WHITE KINGS by selling them drugs and leading to their downfall? I doubt such a comment would make it past the moderators (just as I have doubts that this one will.)

    As for that remark about the guy not contributing to the “physical building of the black community,” well… if that guy has a job then you are wrong plain and simple. All that conspiracy theory about holding down the black race, etc. aside – you can’t honestly be ignoring the fact that public housing and section 8 vouchers are a major factor in the “real estate market” of the specific community we’re discussing.

    Look, I lean the left on nearly every non-fiscal political issue so if I feel compelled to comment in this scenario then you can be certain that you have said some rather unreasonable statements.

    tl;dr: don’t make broad sweeping statements about things you obviously know little about. Also, using the phrase “(insert race here) Kings” in any context is going to cause a stir and does not, in any way, strengthen your attempt at an argument.

  • Kiesha says:

    To correct you My nephew had an abundance of love and support from family and friends. And at 17 in a time and day where there is no Martial Law in order he and whoever else can be out at whatevver time they choose. So if you or your child were out going to the supermarket does that mean you deserve to be shot and killed because of your timing??? Exactly!!!

  • Vog46 says:

    After reading the comments here I come to the conclusion that he had a troubled life because he was turning things around…..
    That he wouldn’t live long if he came back to Wilmington….
    There were multiple gunshots and another man who is injured………
    And he was 17 and out and about at 1:30am………….

    Sounds like this kid needed help and didn’t get it from family and friends.
    This is the reason why some cities have curfews.
    If you aren’t working or going to and from work you shouldn’t be out at 1:30 in the morning.
    Otherwise, people will begin to make assumptions about your character……


  • Caprice says:

    Jeff u will b misses homie I’ve haven’t gotten to see u in a while last time I saw u was last year we was playing madden in ur old house u will always b my favorite cousin Love caprice R.I.P Jeff love u always

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  • Jennifer says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please know many are sending you prayers. May you feel eased and supported during your time of grief.

  • Love says:

    I love you baby continue to watch over us!

  • Caprice says:

    Jeff u will b missed homie I haven’t seen u in a while last time I saw I was last year we was playing madden in ur old house u will always b my favorite cousin love caprice RIP Jeff

  • Guest111 says:

    I totally agree with you. These young people are out prowling at all hours of the night. Indeed, where are their parents? Why don’t their parents know where they are? Who allows their 17 year old to be on the streets? The Mother of this boy will probably be on TV wailing and screaming about her son being shot. Where in the world was she when this happened?? Parents have got to start accepting responsibility when underaged kids are out and about.

  • jj says:

    This is really sad that a young man has lost his life. However, if he was trying to change his life around, why was a 17 year old out walking the street at 1:30 in the morning? Where were all these people that love him? Where were his parents?

    I will never understand why parents don’t care more for their childred than this.

  • R.i.P jeff says:

    R.I.P Jeffrey. you will be truly missed. people like you always have negative things to say. I understand that is your opinion and here is mine; it’s not about his parents not caring for their child because his entire family cared for him. let alone all of his friends he still have. it’s about he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. you don’t know what happen and neither do I. all we know is that it was a fatal shootout and he so happened got killed. if that was your son, you wouldn’t want anybody to say that about your son. you are right about him walking in the streets 1:30 in the morning but what 17 year old hasn’t walked outside that late? I just thought i’ll comment on that. once again R.I.P Jeffrey, this all seem so unreal. my prayers go out to your family

  • msnfl says:

    1st of all JJ this is his cousin & since u don’t know him or our family we would appreciate it if u would keep your comments to yourself while we grieve! Don’t question what u don’t know about & know body owe u any explantion! U didn’t know him or his situation & his mother loved him more then life itself & that is her 1st born! So how dare u say his parents don’t care do u know his parents! No! U don’t! Let our family grieve without your ignorance it will be greatly appreciated

  • Ted in Wilmie says:

    First of all, Holden, they were not “woken up,” they were “awakened.”

    Secondly, what is a 13-year old doing out at 1:30am? At that age my parents held me to strict curfew of 7pm. If I violated it, no more evening bike riding around the neighborhood. I guess we’ll look up “parenting” as something that happened in a past era of America.

    I realize in this day and age nobody is held accountable for their actions or consequences. We are all expected to pat hands and give tribute and sorrow for the wonderful human beings that perish from their own stupidity. Enough with the whining and more of the parenting and oversight of your kids.

    Enough already.

  • Kiesha says:

    First off he wasn’t 13 he was 17!! Secondly it’s the summer time and plenty of children are out later than normal, And yes as his Aunt I would love and expect nothing less than everyone who knew my nephew to honnor his memory for the wonderful intelligent young man that he was. As well my nephew had an IQ score that would more than likely surpass yours as I’m now noticing you having trouble reading something as basic as a newspaper article. My nephew did not perish from any stupidity he perish from a fraudulent system that has been placed in order for young black and minority men to fail and not survive and from the way you are speaking I can’t help but wonder if your grandparwents and fourfathers helped to put that system in place. So when we can come together and understand that no life reguardless of who it is should be overlooked or negatively responded to then maybe we can build and actively find a solution to the violence that is taking our black Kings because clearly the ancestors of whoever Oh Puh LEEZ is didn’t contribute one bit to any of the physical building of any community especially not a black community.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    You stated, “……. now is the time that mothers hold closer to their children……”

    I don’t disagree with your, heart felt, post. However, I believe that the time is, past due, for mothers to also hold on to their children and not allow them to be roaming the streets at 1:30 in the morning. If he had been, where he should have been (home in bed), perhaps, he would be still alive.

    Yes, yes, yes, I understand that he was, technically, an adult at 17 years of age but, as my FATHER used to tell me, “you may think that you are all grown up, but, as long as you live under my roof, you will live by my rules”

    My, so called “friends”, laughed at me and the rules that I had to live under. Most of them are, now, in prison or dead.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Praying says:

    I would just like to take time out of my day to send my condolences and prayers to the family of Jeffrey Henry. I pray that God gives you peace that surpasses all understanding, that he wraps his arms around the Mother and Family of Jeffrey Henry. My thoughts concerning this situation are very simple God is the ruler of all men and we are all his children. NO matter whom you are what you do and what you like GOD is the only man that you must answer to in the end. Some people believe there is a such thing as bad people and I disagree strongly there is no such things as bad people there are just bad decisions and mistakes that people make sometimes just to survive n this cold brutal world! However I did know Jeffrey Personally, we went to school together. I am a couple of years older than he. Jeffrey has a smile that could light up a room and a personality two times his size. He was genuinely a good person that could always make you laugh. (Those ears are just too cute). Now that he is gone is not the time to place blame and or point the finger now is the time that mothers hold closer to their children now more than ever friends encourage each other to do better and be better it’s not THE PORT that’s a problem it’s the mentality of the people in it! I hate to attend a funeral of someone who is younger than I, so I can’t even imagine how A MOTHER FEELS HAVING TO BURRY THERE FIRST BORN CHILD!

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Your sympathy is well received and well stated. I applaud that. However, you say, “Some people believe there is a such thing as bad people and I disagree strongly there is no such things as bad people there are just bad decisions and mistakes that people make sometimes just to survive n this cold brutal world!” I don’t think so!!! Remember Hitler? Remember Stalin?, Remember Papa Doc of Haiti? Remember Jim Jones? Remember Jeffery Dahmer? Remember Ted Bundy? These but are only a few of those I’m sure you’ve heard of and you think they just made a few “bad decisions and mistakes…”? Better wake the hell up and get with reality!!! All of us know that evil exists among the innocent and must be avoided.
    Also, I recommend that you figure out what went wrong with this young man and do what you can to keep it from happeneing to others. Break this cycle, or get used to it over and over again. It’s not “blame” that you see in these posts it’s called “analyzing” with the full intent of prevention. Try figuring out what happened, what went wrong, who’s to blame and why. These are your first steps to gain avoidance of sensless killings that you pray so hard about. While prayer is great and powerful, being self-empowered and accountable will make a huge difference goes a long way to avoid these type of traumatic occurances!

  • Vog46 says:

    He was a gang member? Correct?
    He felt his life was threatened? Correct?
    He was out at 130am not going to a job, and not going to a supermarket? Correct?

    And YOU still expect us to believe that this young man had a great support system from family and friends that allowed this type of behavior?


  • westla says:

    Maybe all the radio stations and clubs in the area should play the song “We’re all in the same gamg” by the West Coast allstars.Its old school but it tells a good message!!

  • GuestMan. says:

    George Bush? Dick Cheney? Condi Rice?

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