WPD responds to three shootings in a span of an hour

WPD responds to three shootings in a span of an hour

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department responded to three separate shootings in a span of about an hour Tuesday.

According to Jennifer Dandron with the WPD, multiple shots were fired in each incident but no one was injured by gunfire.

“These are serious incidents, and we are lucky no one has been injured yet, but that’s going to change if we don’t have the community to help us to put an end to this,” said Dandron.

Shortly after 10 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Mercer Avenue where a house was damaged by gunfire.

At about 10:30, a house in the 600 block of N. 11th Street also was damaged in a shooting.

Witnesses say several gunshots rang out on Wayne Drive in Wilmington Tuesday morning. (Source: User submitted)
Witnesses say several gunshots rang out on Wayne Drive in Wilmington Tuesday morning. (Source: User submitted)

Just after 11 a.m., officers were called to the 100 block of Wayne Drive to a report of a gunfire exchange.

According to Dandron, after a car was hit by gunshots, the driver lost control and collided with a trailer carrying equipment and ran off the road. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene.

A bystander in the area was injured while fleeing the scene during the gunfire exchange.

“Citizens on the ground are the eyes and ears and we are limited on what we can do we are not everywhere at all times,” said Dandron. “We think there is a pattern, so the people who live in these communities who are there who witness it or hear about it, call us, they may have key information we need to solve all these cases,” said Dandron.

Police say there have been at least 20 reported shootings in the city since last weekend. No one has been seriously injured.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests in connection with the shootings. If you have any information, please contact the WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip.

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