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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police and New Hanover County deputies are looking for answers after several reports of shots fired overnight, but no evidence to be found.

After getting several calls reporting shots fired around Wilmington and New Hanover County throughout the early morning hours, police who responded say they heard rapid gunfire while investigating in those areas.

It all started shortly before 5 a.m., when New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies responded to the first of several calls for multiple shots fired near Alder Ridge Road. When they arrived at the scene, deputies say they learned that the shots may be coming from Appleton Way in Wilmington, so police also responded to assist in the search.

Deputies and police say they searched the areas and woods around River Road, Echo Farms, Wilderness Drive and Balfoure Drive when dispatchers got several more calls about shots fired in those areas. That’s when officers say they heard rapid gunfire themselves.

After completing foot patrol in the 4100 block of Echo Farms Blvd., a search left both law enforcement agencies empty handed. There is speculation the shots could have been raccoon hunters in the area, but ShotSpotter didn’t pick up any signs of gunfire either.

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