WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police had their work cut out for them this weekend. From shots fired that led to a police chase ending with several suspects getting away, to a shooting in the Creekwood Community that sent two to the hospital, gun violence in our area doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Police have three suspects in custody after a shooting in the Creekwood Community this afternoon, but police are also searching for suspects involved in another shooting in Creekwood that led to a car chase yesterday.
Police responded to a shooting in the Creekwood Community a little after 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Police say when they arrived, they found a woman shot in the arm and a man shot in the foot.
Danny Watson says he was sitting in his parked truck when two bullets hit his car.
“I see three guys ran up through here, and a car came up, so I’m thinking that the car must have shot, was shooting at them, and they were shooting at them back,” Watson said. “That’s how I got the bullet in the back of my car.”
He says he thinks the shooting is gang related, and retaliation for a previous shooting in the area.
Three men were arrested while trying to run from police, and three guns were recovered from the scene.
Police say the suspects will also be charged with two counts of breaking and entering, for running through two residents while trying to run from police, and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle.
Also in the Creekwood Community, Sergeant K. A. McMillian says officers responded to reports of shots fired Saturday afternoon.
When they arrived, officers found no victims, but McMillian says witnesses told them there were six to eight shots fired from a newer model black Cadillac.
Shortly after, officers found a car matching that description and chased the suspects for about four minutes before ending up at the 1200 block of South 6th St.
Police say that’s when three or possibly four suspects jumped out of the car and ran.
McMillian says they could not locate any of the suspects.
Hampton Colclough, a retired Jersey City corrections officer says he saw the whole ordeal unfold right before his eyes.
He says all of the gun and gang violence in the area has him worried.
“This is an ongoing thing,” Colclough explained. “And, as long as you get a body, you’re going to get another body, and then you’re going to get another body and just a follow up.”
Colclough says when he worked in Jersey City; they got rival gangs together in a forum to have them work out their differences.
He says this significantly reduced violence in the area and helped residents feel safe once again.