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WILMINGTON, NC — Wilmington Police say Drayshawn Dowd, 20, was shot and killed after leaving a party early Saturday morning. Now a neighbor is speaking out about what happened, and how he tried to save Dowd’s life.

Ernest Longhi says he was watching TV when he heard two sets of gunshots right outside his home on McClelland drive early Saturday morning.

“The first set were followed immediately by like a peel out, like you could tell somebody was in a vehicle, and completely took off,” Longhi said. “It was within less than four minutes of each other there was a second set of gunshots.”

Longhi a trained EMT with six years of experience under his belt says as soon as police arrived he jumped into action.

“I saw the gunshot wound. It looked like it entered from the side, and went straight through the chest cavity,” he said. “I saw some blood by the back of his head so when I tilted him, it looked like he had a gunshot wound to the back of his head as well.”

Longhi says it did not look like Dowd would make it as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

“It was probably a few minutes that the ambulance took to get here, but to the people helping, and the people on scene, it probably felt like an eternity,” he said.

Longhi says he was able to keep Dowd alive until the ambulance arrived, but Dowd later died at the hospital.

Witnesses told police Dowd had been at a party in the area and got into a fight before leaving.

Records show Dowd was convicted of receiving a stolen vehicle and resisting an officer in 2011.

He also had upcoming court appearances in New Hanover, Pender, and Duplin counties for speeding, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and expired tags.

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