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Police searching for shooter

WILMINGTON -- A shooting last night left one man injured and police searching for the triggerman. It happened in the 1200 block of Grace Street in Wilmington. The shooting happened at a time when young kids were outside playing and that has police very concerned. Investigators say 23-year-old Hakim Hanifait was shot twice by someone in a white SUV. One bullet hit Hanifait in the leg, the other in the back of his head. WPD Det. Mike Overton said, "It didn't go through his skull, it didn't penetrate his skull." Hanifait was lucky to survive but could be left with more than just a scar. Det. Overton said, "A lot of times doctors in the hospital won't take bullets out because it's too dangerous. So right now we're not sure if it kept going or if it is still in his head." Detectives say after Hanifait was hit his friends dragged him up to his porch. One of those friends fired shots back at the s-u-v as it drove off. Det. Overton said, "At the time this happened there was a mother on her front porch watching her three small children. I think they were all under ten, playing in the front yard. Any one of those bullets could have struck any one of those kids playing in the front yard." Police say the actions of both gunman put innocent children in danger. Det. Overton said, "This could have been anybody's neighborhood, anybody's kid out there playing in the front yard could have been hit with stray gunfire because these guys are out here shooting at each other." Detectives do have some leads on the gunmen, but nothing concrete at this time. They are also looking into whether the shooting was gang related. If you have any information call the Wilmington Police Department at 343-3645.

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