Teen shot and killed riding moped on Forest Hills Drive

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington teenager is dead after police say he was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in Forest Hills late this afternoon.

Police responded to the 00 block of Forest Hills Drive around 4:30 p.m. after residents reported hearing several gunshots. When officers arrived they found Joseph David Williams, 18, of Wilmington lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the back. Police say Williams was riding on the back of a moped with Mark Richie, Jr., 18, when the shooting happened.

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Witnesses told police that the moped was going at a high rate of speed down Forest Hills Drive, and a grey Honda Coupe was following with one of the passengers firing shots at the two teenagers.

Police say Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Richie was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police are asking for your help. If you have any information about this crime call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609, text Crimes (274637) start your text message with “Tip708” then type your message or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845.

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