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WPD: Woman attacked with hammer, robbed; witness shoots at suspect

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police say a woman was attacked and robbed as she left work last night on Old Eastwood Road.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said the woman was leaving a business at 102 Old Eastwood Road around 9:30 p.m. when an unknown black man came up behind her and starting hitting her in the head with a hammer.

Police say a witness heard the noise and yelled to the suspect, who said he had a gun. That's when the witness pulled out his gun and started shooting at the suspect. Then, he called 911.

"So, I run back in and she has a gun here in the office that I used," the caller said to the 911 operator.

The suspect got away with the victim's purse in a small silver Honda SUV parked in the Hampton Inn parking lot and headed south on Old Eastwood Road, police say.

The woman, who's name police are not releasing, was taken to the hospital. There's no word yet on her condition.

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