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Police: Lilac Court murder victim shot to death

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man is dead after police say he was murdered in his home last night.

Neighbors say the 51-year-old man moved into in the Village at Greenfield apartment complex within the past year and lived alone.

"A resident was checking on a neighbor. When she went into to check on the neighbor, she found him deceased," WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said.

Neighbors say Angelo Freeman recently suffered from a stroke, which is why friends were looking out for him. Police were called to his home at 1201 Lilac Court after his body was discovered around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors say they may have heard something going on in the home last night, but police say there are not signs of any kind of struggle.

Police think the crime happened between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say freeman was shot twice: once in the leg and a fatal shot to the chest.

Rawley says the department does patrol the area, but it has not seen much activity lately.

"It's been a relatively quiet community," she said. "We do respond to a lot of drug activity in this area but not an intense amount lately."

Freeman does have a criminal record that includes several drug-related convictions. The last time he was in trouble with the law was 2009.

Police say they do not know if this shooting is related to the recent string of violence around Wilmington.

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