Surveillance video shows moments after deadly Monkey Junction shooting


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As a murder suspect sits in the New Hanover County jail under a $1 million bond, one of his alleged victims is recovering from multiple stab wounds.

Early Wednesday morning, a dispute led to a shooting and stabbing on Julia Drive. Teddy Greenwood died after getting stabbed multiple times and shot. Anthony Lanza was also stabbed.

Lanza might be alive tonight because of a man who lives on Julia Drive. Ashly Smith, who lives in the cul-de-sac where the shooting and stabbing happened, saw the whole thing unfold right in front of his home.

“My daughter came down from upstairs and said that she heard an argument out front and she thought she heard a gunshot,” Smith said. She said she thought I should go see what was going on.”

Smith’s home surveillance video shows what he found the moment he walked outside. He saw Greenwood and Lanza both injured. He quickly dialed 911, as police officers arrive. But it was Smith’s quick thinking that may have saved Lanza’s life. Smith applied first aid putting pressure on Lanza’s wounds until paramedics came.

“It’s definitely a surreal situation, when you go to bed that night you don’t expect to be doing those type of things a little bit after falling asleep,” Smith said. “You’re just trying to gather all of the information you can to try to help out the best you can.”

He knows things could’ve ended differently had it not been for his daughter hearing the fight out front.

“I’m just grateful that she came down stairs and told me what was going on,” Smith said. “Who knows what the outcome could’ve been or what else could’ve happened down there.”

Smith says he will never forget what happened right in front of his own home.

“I feel bad for everyone involved,” Smith said. “I know that they are probably torn upside down for both sides. I’m just trying to remember that we’re all humans and sometimes we make mistakes. There’s good in all bad and bad in all good.”

Smith also captured surveillance video of the deadly incident. But police are currently reviewing it as part of the investigation and have not made it public.

Aaron Stephens is charged with Second Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injuries and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

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