ONLY ON 3: Neighbors say fight caught on tape example of problems

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Submitted: Wed, 07/25/2012 - 9:32pm
Updated: Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:48am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Caught on tape, two teenagers go at it in a Wilmington apartment complex as adults stand by. But there may be more to the neighborhood problem than just this fight.

The fight at Greentree Apartments off North Kerr Avenue did not escalate too much, but the footage did cause some concern.

In the video, two boys end up fighting, but this is not where the controversy in the neighborhood ends.

“They just start fights everywhere they go,” neighbor Dee Thompson said. “I’m surprised they’re not yelling right now.”

Thompson says since her neighbors moved in, the drama in the neighborhood has been unreal.

“This is the way they handle stuff: by communicating threats like they’re going to kill people. ‘Oh, when the police leave, I’m going to kill you.’ When the police are here you’re trying to kill me. It’s crazy,” Thompson said.

Thompson says there have been many altercations between her and the two women in the video, including a fight with a baseball bat.

We tried to talk to the women to get their side of the story.

Velma Smalls says Thompson is the troublemaker, and they were sticking up for their family.

While we were talking to Smalls, Thompson shot video of a woman on the other side of the building hitting a metal baseball bat on the concrete and yelling at her across the parking lot.

Both women say nothing happened after we left, but both Thompson and Smalls have taken out charges on each other. They are due in court August 6.

Smalls says the fight caught on video was of members of a gang trying to attack her son, and she’s worried about his safety.


  • RUSH says:

    The parents are putting their kids up to fight like they are dogs, and if the parents are raising their children to act like animals, then the parents should be caged like the animals they are.

  • Shawn says:

    Its a never ending cycle they start by fighting in the driveway and then it expands to robbing, stealing, and killing. It’s like project boot camp to see who can be the biggest looser. As for the person that says why don’t we help….I’m doing more than I would do if I wasn’t forced by the government to pay taxes to take care of these sorry individuals. If you want help I will give you some advice go to work and be a productive citizen or don’t eat because that is what happens to my family if I don’t work….they don’t eat! Tell you how you can give back to our working class people, don’t vote for Obama again this year so maybe we can afford healthcare for our kids since it’s not given to us!

  • Guest1111 says:

    One big cage would solve so many problems

  • Guest6858 says:

    People who behave like animals should be caged like animals.

  • Guest1946 says:

    These people have too much time on their hands. They need to work for their public assistance if for no other reason to keep them separated. When they got home, they would be too tired to fight all the time.

  • Di-Dah says:

    I had to live next to them, Nancy hit me with her pink bat on July 19th, and we have to go to court on monday Aug 6th. Wish me luck. If there is anyone out there who cares I have the film, and im going to send it to the world so someone can bring the parents up on charges. I’m the lady with the brown pants, that grabbed my kids out if the way. What I really want is for the boy’s mother to get involved, it was messed up for Velma to throw that boy on the ground, why get involved in the kids fight and not call the Police?

  • guesty says:

    Gangs and thugs are typical residents in public housing. If the housing authority would start evicting some of the punks, I bet much of this silly crap would end.

  • Sos says:

    Everyone getting assitance are not thugs or in gangs. I live n public housing. I can agree most of the drama is dumb..and ppl do have to much time on their hands. But all if us are not like that. I work and some day I hope to get out of the PJs. I have a goals and I dont eant my children to growing up around all the violence, drugs n sex. Its not many like me but some want better! Dont down us, see what you can do to help. We’re all God’s children.

  • sabrina says:

    This is not a 1972 old school fighting. This was actual ADULTS (who should no better)watching impressionable, children FIGHT. Children now take it to the next level EVEN after the fight in retaliation. Even sadder,a child that is taught not to join gangs and /or to fight is now being bullied or confronted even singled out because of not wanting to join or fight. This stems further than the children. Children sometimes mimic what they either see or hear. Now,they are watching the adult’s fight as well. I feel sorry for the children.

  • Charles Walters says:

    That’s all well and good, but many times the parents are the ones telling these kids to go kill or hurt the ones who did something to them even if it was something stupid. I teach school and I hear it all the time, he or she looked at me so i’m going to fight them, or they talked about me so i’m going to kill them, and other crap like this. They do not value anything except what they can steal from someone who has worked hard for what they have. People like these kill innocent people like the man delivering Chinese food. That was a cold-blooded premeditated murder. Yes I put the two that were fighting at Greentree into this group, because their violent ways will only get worse, unless they are locked in a cage for life, or buried in the ground. Animalistic behavior is all the know or want to know.

  • R.Armstead says:

    I really think that it is a good idea for parents to be in the mist of this situation because so many of our teens are killing each other instead of “FIGHTING”. TOO many GUNS are being used and we should go back to the basics when people sometimes used their fist to settle differences. The moral is that parents need to also teach their children that sometimes you Win some and sometimes you Lose, that is how life is.. full of ups and downs. Once this is instilled in children they will knw that it is not okay to kill someone just because you fought and /or lost a fight. The value of life is precious and priceless, Parents please let your children knw it is better to fight because once a life is taken there is no coming back, apologizing or nothing… KEPP this in mind…God bless I hope everyone grows from this.

  • guesty says:

    I hope you can make it out but I have to take issue with one of your statements. You said “see what you can do to help.”

    I pay my taxes. That is my help because my job is to take care of my family, not everybody else.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I know people who made it out of the projects. I wish you the best and I agree with what guesty said. And that’s really more than I can afford to help, but you can’t not pay your taxes.

  • Guest Reply says:

    This video was a scene…”a take”…from the Iron Man 3 movie. And the news media thunk it was real…Ha! Next we will see cats fighting in some yard in the news. Place your bets!!!

  • Charles Walters says:

    You are an idiot.

  • Guest Reply says:

    And your return comment adds to this ridiculous story about common thugs with zero mentality and their fist fights…Charles ;-)

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