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DOWNTOWN VIOLENCE: Rhino Club patron stabbed to death overnight

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THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT:

A fight in front of the Rhino Club, 125 Market Street, has resulted in the death of a Wilmington man.

The incident was reported at 2:12 a.m. on Monday morning. According to witnesses, a large crowd from the club exited at closing time and a fight broke out. Witnesses said 30 – 40 people were involved. Three men were stabbed. All three victims were driven to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center by people at the scene. One of the men, age 20, had been stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other two victims are being treated for stab wounds that do not appear to be life-threatening.

The name of the man who died will be released later today. This death is the first homicide reported in 2011.

A second violent incident, possibly related to the incident in front of the Rhino Club, was reported within a few minutes of the stabbings. Two men were shot in the 600 block of Emory Street at about 2:30 a.m. (approximate time). One was grazed by a shot to the head and the other was shot in the back. Neither of their wounds appears to be life-threatening. The victims told investigating WPD officers that they had witnessed the fight in front of the Rhino Club. They reported that they left the area and drove into the Creekwood community. They said that when they pulled in, someone opened fire on them from another vehicle.

Anyone with information about either of these cases is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Text Tip708 and the information, and send to CRIMES (274637).

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