WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say two shootings Sunday do not appear to be related. One of the cases is still unsolved, while a suspect is in jail in the other.
Around 3:30 p.m. police responded to the 500 block of Maides Avenue to a shots fired call. While officers were headed to the scene, a Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a woman driver, who told them her friend had been shot and she was taking him to the hospital.
The victim is Darryl Taylor, 33, of Wilmington. He was taken New Hanover Regional Medical Center for what police say are are non-life-threatening injuries. So far police have not made any arrests in that case.
The second shooting happened near 1017 Castle St. shortly before 7 p.m. Investigators say Tyshawn Joye, 32, who lived just a few doors down, had been shot four times.
While officers were responding, police spotted a vehicle on Castle Street coming from the area of the shooting and running a stoplight. The driver refused to stop, which led to a chase across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and eventually into Navassa.
Police charged Theaussar Dereef, 34, with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony fleeing to elude arrest. He is jail under $500,000 bond.
The NC Department of Corrections website shows Dereef’s criminal record includes dozens of convictions dating back to 1997.
If you have any information about these incidents contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637), Type: Tip708 and then your message.