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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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7 Comments on "Man attempts to save shooting victim’s life"

2015 years 9 months ago

how bout y’all are imbeciles

2015 years 9 months ago

Stupid is as stupid does. Saved court costs? Your an imbecile.

2015 years 9 months ago

Calling someone stupid and not knowing the difference in your and you’re? Was that a joke?

2015 years 9 months ago

Thanks wway for reminding me of why i don’t watch the news. I think the last thing a parent would want someone to know is that they have outlived their child/children and that society should be reminded of their mistakes causing one to believe they might have deserved it. Shame on you!!!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

WWAY did there job and reported the facts. It is not WWAY that did all those things. The way I see it 3 counties just saved some money in court costs. Maybe you need to watch the news and see all of the things that are happening around here. Add up all the crime stories in a month or even 3 months and you will be surprised of all the crap is going on. This is NOT THE WILMINGTON it was 20 years ago.

2015 years 9 months ago

One can only speculate as to why a person who doesn’t watch the news would wind up posting on a news site. That makes about as much sense as the rest of your post.

2015 years 9 months ago

I agree with the other individual that commented on this. Who cares what upcoming court appearances he had or what happened back in 2011, that does not make it right for him to be shot down like that. May he rest in peace.


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