Man accused of firing AR-15 at homeless camp in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is accused of confronting a group of homeless people in Wilmington and firing a semi-automatic rifle, police say.

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Wilmington police were dispatched to 1500 Kidder Street in reference to a Shotspotter alert.

When they arrived, police reported hearing yelling in the woods. 

WPD says officers believe Patrick Gallipoli, 52, entered the wooded area to confront the homeless people camped there. When he did so, he fired an AR-15 rifle.

No one was injured.

Gallipoli was arrested and police say he had an AR-15 and a .45 caliber handgun.

He is charged with armed to the terror of the public and discharging firearm in the city limits, and received a $1,500 secured bond.

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