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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are trying to figure out if multiple shootings this weekend are connected.

The first shooting in Forest Hills Saturday left a teenager dead. Now police think most of the shootings are gang related.

Police responded to Forest Hills Drive Saturday evening after residents reported hearing several gunshots. Officers found Joseph David Williams, 18, lying in the street dead of a gunshot wound to the back. Police say Williams was riding on the back of a moped with Mark Richie, Jr., 18, when the shooting happened.

Witnesses told police that a grey Honda coupe was following with a passenger firing shots at the two teens.

There have been more shootings since.

Police responded to reports of shots fired near the 900 block of N. 30th Street and Emory Street Sunday night. One witness reported seeing a silver Honda body style car in the area. That matches the description of the car wanted in connection with Saturday’s shooting death on Forest Hills Drive.

Early this morning, police say someone fired into a home on Evans Street.

Then officers responded to another shooting at a house at 823 S. 6th Street.

As police searched for suspects, an officer saw a suspicious vehicle near 19th Street and Queen Street that accelerated toward an officer before eventually wrecking near the scene.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the violence has gone up because of a power struggle between gangs.

“We have recently arrested some high level gang members, gang leaders,” Evangelous said. “We believe that has created a void in local gangs.”

Evangelous says police are actively working to dismantle these gangs, but change won’t happen overnight.

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  • Guest666

    folk nation baby

  • Guest Reply Redux

    Try for once…looking within your own local law enforcement protection program…and quit blaming everything from bad weather to local gangs on the Presidency. Or is that too much to educate yourself within????
    BTW…tomorrow ends the “Ceasefire” program in Wilmington…so prepare yourselves.
    Can’t wait to see the “Stats” on that program.

  • ohreally

    No kidding. “They” is “Us” the never ending tax payer.

  • ohreally

    Gun buy backs are worthless and waste tax payer $$. We need due diligence and constant sweep of high risk areas. Bad guys don’t hang around where there’s attention to detail, arrests, and (frankly) citizens armed to defend themselves. MS 13 and the others can be run out of town…just need some commitment by our elected officials (and their feet held to the fire by those that put them there).

  • Erlkoenig

    I agree this has been going on for decades. But his lordship Obummer is the reigning leader of failed social engineering that the liberals crave.

  • Missing my friend

    R.I.P JD. I miss that beautiful smile. Still not sure why someone would take your life just like that. My heart is hurting I just talked to you last week & a few days later you are gone. Praying for the Williams family. Lord I pray that they arrest whoever did this. I can’t think of any reason why someone would do such a thing to you. You were loved by many. R.I.P JD

  • guesty

    And which pot of unending wealth should be used to pay for a midnight ‘bakkaball’ league and gun buy backs?

  • Guest 10101

    Probably less of a shopping spree and more of a really moronic thing to say by our local police chief.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Evangelous is in way over his ability to deal with things around here. Time for a change.

  • Guest 1492

    * Right: Parental leadership void
    * Wrong: Blaming Obama. This void’s been around a lot longer than Obama.

    That’s the trouble with being an extremist; you lose the ability to see the entire issue in a realistic way.

  • Burgerboy

    They should start a midnight bakkaball league and have gun buy-back programs EVERY WEEKEND and open some new businesses down town to encourage growth and prosperity amongst the gang-banging youths that feel trapped and helpless in society, if jamal is working at the KFC then he won’t be out shooting people, ha!

  • GuestLOL

    Best Comment Ever!!

  • guesty

    He said the increase in crime was due to the “crooks are getting a jump on the Christmas rush.”

    Thug shopping spree?

  • beach guy

    Hey local law enforcement if it is gang related is this not a job of federal law enforcement like the FBI if these folks are in organized crime syndicates then we need to have FBI surveillance ect in place and scoop these perpetrators up for firearms violations drug trafficking so on and so forth and send them to federal court with minimum sentencing in place.
    The Federal Government will act if the outcry is loud enough.
    Please do not wait until innocents are gunned down in the cross fire like what is happening in Chicago.

  • Guest8888888

    It was nice to see her not looking so angry for a change.

  • ENL

    I think Deb Butler should take her magical vaginal wand and spread peace and happiness throughout the inner city.

  • antithug

    As long as they keep killing each other, let’s give them better guns so they can be more effective.

  • Erlkoenig

    There is a parental Leadership void. How is that Obamunism working out for your people NAACP?

  • tke1

    I was out of town over the weekend. Do you suppose my guns left the vault and went to Wilmington? They were in the vault when I checked today. Oh, if I had only sold them back. Countless lives would have been saved. I think I will sell all my silverware and put an end to obesity. Maybe if I take all my pens and pencils away from my grand-daughter she will stop misspelling words at schools.
    NOTE TO ALL THE PASTORS INVOLVED IN THE “CEASE FIRE”: You have a lot of work to do. Too bad the people in the neighborhoods haven’t had their fill of the shooting, killing and wounding of their neighbors.

  • taxpayer

    “We have recently arrested some high level gang members, gang leaders,” Evangelous said. “We believe that has created a void in local gangs.”

    I don’t recall reading about any “high level” gang members or gang leaders being arrested. He certainly didn’t hold a press conference touting these arrests. The last press conference I saw was him asking the public for help.

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