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Police investigate shooting and apparent beating death


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have their hands full after two violent crimes yesterday. Following two separate incidents one man is dead, and another is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Late last night the life of 28-year-old Karem Demond Thomas changed, when police say he was shot multiple times in the chest outside of Willow Park Apartments on Frog Pond Place.

"We're not exactly sure what he was doing over there," WPD spokesman Det. Kevin Smith said. "Part of that is going to be getting information from him: what were his movements? Who was he talking to? Was there any witnesses? There is a lot of old-fashioned detective footwork going on right now as we try to track down some of that information."

Thomas is listed in stable condition at the hospital.

In a separate incident at a homeless camp, Judson Lee Poland, Jr., 48, was not as lucky. Police responded to a medical call at the Old Wilson's Restaurant on New Centre Drive.

"Somebody bashed him in the face pretty damn good," a caller to 911 told a dispatcher.

Investigators say cases involving vagrant communities can sometimes be hard to investigate because of the constant movement of their occupants .

"We've got to go and find the areas that we know he frequented and talk to people who are there and see if they remember him," Det. Smith said. "They have a relationship with a lot of people whether it's the same store they go to, people know them and know what their situation is."

If you have any information about either of these crimes, call the police or CrimeStoppers.

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