Wilmington Police say violence is happening too often

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt overnight near the intersection of the 12th and Rankin Streets.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, the vicitm was getting into his vehicle when two young men approached and demanded money.  The victim refused, so he was hit in the back of the head and shot in the leg.

Police are searching for two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 years old who are believed to be responsbile for the overnight armed robbery.  The shooter is described as having a red rag covering part of his face.

Residents a few blocks away want more programs to be developed to help keep young adults off the streets.  Violent crimes have grown in Wilmington, so much so that even a child has seen enough shootings for anyone's lifetime.

"Somebody got shot over there, and someone got shot over here, and someone go shot down there," said 5-year-old Quincy Roads.

Residents sit on their patios as if they are unaware of the violent crimes.  However, the truth is everybody knows what happened but are afraid to talk, except for Brother Frost who has dedicated his life to reach troubled teens and young adults.

He says young adults are having a hard time finding work, and now they are turning to the streets for support.

"They said, 'Frost talk to them and tell them we want to go to work. We need jobs. We need to go back to school,'" said Brother Frost.  "And that would stop some of this violence, because if they're in school, they're at work - they can't be out robbing or selling drugs or causing mayhem."

The first homicide in Wimlington of 2009 happened right outside Brother Frost's home, but it was by no means the first act of crime he's seen in his neighborhood.  His son Quincy has seen it all too.

"It's affecting my children," said Brother Frost.  "And me as a black man in this world, I wish there would be more to prevent this."

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