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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The family of a shooting victim says his death was the result of fighting within a gang.

Wilmington Police say Raequan Rouse, 18, was shot several times Sunday night near the corner of N. 10th and Campbell streets. His family says it was a bullet to the neck that killed him.

“When I first heard it, I didn’t know how to react,” Rouse’s brother Rakeem Brown said.

Although relatives do not know what led to his death, they say Rouse was affiliated with a gang.

“He was a Blood,” Rouse’s cousin Marquis Jackson said. “He was there all day. He did it for his team, but at the same time, his team wasn’t with him.”

They say the man who shot and killed Rouse was also a Blood.

“These boys around town are going crazy for no reason,” Jackson said. “But whoever did it, y’all should be ashamed of y’all’s self.”

The family says Rouse leaves behind two children. They also say he has another baby on the way.

“His little boy is hurting about it, and his little girl. They know exactly what’s going on,” Jackson said.

Wilmington Police have not given any information about a suspect.

A WPD spokeswoma says two people dropped Rouse off at the hospital, but got out of the vehicle they were in and took off running before police could catch up with them.

A neighbor, who did not want to go on camera, says when she heard the commotion Sunday night, she peeked through a door and saw about six people fighting in the street.

Records show Rrouse was convicted with assaulting an officer last year. He was also convicted of breaking and entering in 2012.

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97 Comments on "Family: Shooting victim killed by fellow gang member"

Country Gal
2015 years 10 months ago

How many bicycles did this 18-year-old “father” and his children get for Christmas from community organizations and churches over the years? Free school lunches? Free backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies? Free after-school tutoring?
So many of these resources are provided by people who work FULL-TIME jobs, have their own families to support and nurture, but who give of themselves to assist those with less.
And yet, those with less, who take all the freebies given them, still complain about their circumstances. Or, they “give back” to the community by joining a gang and harassing, robbing and murdering the very same people who helped them.
I would like to hear the black leaders and ministers in the community address the problems that are rampant in the inner-city and projects: Kids having kids, welfare and food stamp fraud, laziness, no work ethic, drugs, etc.
It takes a village to raise a child but the main lessons learned begin at home.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you for your firsthand account of what type of person this guy TRULY was. I think I can safely say thank you to you, not only from me, but also from all who’ve posted on this story who have been chastised for being ‘negative’, ‘assuming’, ‘mean’, ‘racist’ and who have been told “You don’t know him, so shut up!” Apparently our ‘assumptions’ into his conduct, character, life and existence were right on the money.

2015 years 10 months ago

Please don’t blame the teachers. If anyone knows a teacher personally, then you know how difficult it is to combat a poor home life. They are in the trenches trying to make a difference.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you go back through the comments on crimes committed in the area, you will find that the people who comment here are just as tough on the white thugs as they are the black ones. After all a thug is a thug no matter what color his skin is.

Just the truth
2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder if what is going on the black community nationwide is what Dr.King fought for?

I am willing to bet he never thought Jessie Jackson would be a father to at least 3 secret children.
I also bet he would scold and shame leaders like Sharpton, Farakhan, and the majority of the Democratic Party!
I feel so sorry for the family of this young man that was killed. Sorry for the fact our Black mentors failed you. Sorry for the fact your father probably wasn’t around. I am sorry for the fact that I as a black man have failed kids like you.
I promise you this. The way to true change is through actually doing not just talking!

My first true effort is to change the way I am registered to vote. The Democrats wanted to keep us enslaved, they have achieved that. The Republicans are a little better not much though. I will register unaffiliated,and vote for the person with True good values. My straight ticket is gone!!
Our first Black President is an Embarassing event so far!!
Let’s quit saying how wonderful these former dead criminal gang members were! That’s the first Real Change I would like to see if we can do. I bet not! :(


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