Kidder Street Shooting: Multiple people fired 20+ shots as partygoers celebrated birthday


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department has released more details on a shooting that left three people dead and four others hurt in early April.

During a news conference on Friday, Police Chief Donny Williams and Capt. Thomas Tilmon shared new information on the “tragic” case.

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The shooting happened at 710 Kidder Street on April 3 during a birthday party. Police say at least 40 people were inside when more than 20 shots rang out.

Multiple shooters were responsible and that gang members were involved in the shooting.

Police say the lights were off, a DJ was playing loud music, and effect lighting like strobe lights were going off while people danced inside the home when the shooting took place. Most doors were barricaded so people only had one way in and out of the house, which police say was unrelated to the shooting. WPD describes the scene as very chaotic.

Because of it, it has been challenging for people to remember or know what happened. They also say some victims have refused to come forward with information.

12 witnesses have been interviewed by police, however, not all of them have brought relevant information.

When police arrived on the scene that night, basically the only people there were victims. Hundreds of pieces of evidence have been sent for forensic examinations, some of which have returned. Police say the only true way to solve this case is for people to come forward with information.

WPD is also investigating the party in nature and home where the party was held. WPD says the owner of the house could face legal punishment, but wouldn’t go into any more details on the matter.

“It’s like trying to figure out a jigsaw puzzle with no picture printed upon it,” Capt Tilmon said. “The victims, in this case, deserve justice.”

Still, no one has been arrested in connection to the crime.

If you know any information, call the police at (978) 658-5071 or submit a tip.