WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a validated gang member shot at a couple weeks ago is charged with a stabbing. They also say they are searching for two of his brothers in connection with the crime.
Today we sat down with the suspect in jail to figure out what is going on with another string of violence police say is gang-related.
William Point, 19, is charged with first degree attempted murder, but he says he is an innocent man.
“I told them I was in the barber shop and stuff and that I didn’t see nothing,” Point said. “They like, ‘no, that’s a lie, that’s a lie.’ I’m like, ‘ how is that a lie?’ I mean I can’t really say nothing I didn’t see. So they didn’t believe me, so they just took me down.”
Wilmington Police say Point and two of his brothers, Adrian, 22, and Antonio, 21, tried to kill Edvis Galloway Wednesday near 10th and Chestnut streets. Investigators say it was gang related, but Point says he is not part of a gang.
“My favorite color is red, but I ain’t affiliated,” William Point said. “I be around people, but I ain’t affiliated.”
But Sgt. Amy Guy of the WPD Gang Task Force says he is. She says as the weather heats up, so does gang activity.
“One gang member can disrespect the other, simple as throwing a hand sign at him or that type of thing, and then they have to make a name for themselves, stand up for their gang, and that’s where you see a lot of the violence,” Sgt. Guy said.
Point says this is not the case for him
“I’m not trying to make a name, but other people might,” he said.
He says police are targeting him and his brothers.
“We be getting targeted and stuff like that, but we don’t be starting stuff,” Point said.
Guy says parents need to pay close attention to who their kids are hanging out with and what they are doing.
The search continues for his Antonio and Adrion Point. Anyone with information is asked to contact Wilmington Police or send an anonymous tip to their Text-a-Tip hotline.
William Point is in jail under a $750,000 bond.