WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are investigating after a teen was shot Tuesday night. Police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said it happened on Stewart Circle around 6 p.m. Lindsay said a 16-year-old boy was was shot in the leg.
One witness said he was talking to the teen in his own yard just minutes before the boy was shot.
“We were innocent bystanders,” Harry Hall said. “They brought it into our yard.”
Hall said he was sitting in his front yard with some neighborhood kids right before it happened.
“We were talking about life, making the right choices,” Hall said.
That’s when Hall said he heard an argument at another house.
“One of the gentlemen pulled out a gun and they kept fussing and they kept fussing and they kept circling each other and they kept backing up,” Hall said.
Then, he said it turned violent.
“They just started shooting at one another,” Hall said.
Neighbor Miley Johnson said she heard the shots from inside her house.
“It sounded like fireworks,” Johnson said.
That is when Hall said he and the kids took cover.
“When I heard the gun shot I just started pushing all the kids down and I told everybody just to get down,” Hall said.
Hall said one of the boys took a hit.
“Unfortunately, one young man got hit in the leg,” Hall said.
Police said the injury was not life threatening, but Hall said this cannot happen.
“I was born and raised in this neighborhood,” Hall said. “We have to let people know we are not going to tolerate it.”
Hall said all too often witnesses will not speak up about crime.
“We as taxpayers have a duty to cooperate with the police,” Hall said. “Folks out here won’t say anything and that’s not right.”
Lindsay said there is no suspect description available at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department or TextATip. We asked Lindsay for statistics on the reported shootings in Wilmington in the last year. She says she is working on getting the information.