Suspect killed in New Hanover home invasion identified

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Investigators have identified a man who killed during a home invasion Christmas Eve.
Investigators say a man was shot and killed while breaking into this home in New Hanover County on Dec. 24, 2017. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators have identified a man who killed during a home invasion Christmas Eve.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Hakim Hanifah, 31, was one of the men who broke into a mobile home at 115 Silver Lake Road around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say the suspects and the homeowner shot at each other. Hanifah was shot and killed.

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Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says deputies are looking for at least one other suspect.

Hakim Hanifah (Photo: New Hanover Co. Jail)
Hakim Hanifah (Photo: New Hanover Co. Jail)

Brewer says Hanifah was a validated gang member.

In 2009, Hanifah pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. A judge later sentenced him to eight years in prison. That charge stemmed from a January 2008 investigation of several shootings involving gang members. He was also accused of punching a prison guard on Christmas Eve 2009, because he was not happy with the amount of food he was served.

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