WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department are investigating a homicide that took place very early Thursday morning.
It is the first murder of 2013 inside Wilmington city limits.
Rahman Liadi, 25, was killed in a shooting near the 1600 building the Houston Moore public housing community. Police say the shot spotter system picked up the gunfire around 12:15 a.m.
A resident said his fiancé heard gunshots and woke him up. He went outside worried it was his son, who had not come home from work yet.
The man said he saw Liadi on the ground alive and asked him if he was okay. The man said Liadi looked at him and witnesses flagged down an officer.
Security cameras are equipped on the buildings at Houston Moore. Wilmington police reviewed anything they may have captured, according to Wilmington Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause.
Liadi's friend since childhood, Byron Moore, said he cannot believe the friend he considers more like a brother is gone.
"It's just unreal," said Moore.
Liadi's hometown was Winnabow, but Moore said he was living in Leland. He said Liadi was probably visiting friends Wednesday night, when he was mixed up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Given the time and location of the crime, Moore said people should not misjudge the kind of life that Liadi lived.
"You might think it's drugs or gangs, but it's not true," he said. "Despite Rahman's walk, talk or anything, his heart was of gold."
Liadi worked two jobs, according to Moore. He said the Verizon Wireless call center kept Liadi busy during the week, while his weekends were spent as part-time help for a stocking company.
"The life he chose was one of helping younger people to see that they had value," said Moore.
Liadi owned a gun, according to Moore, saying he was proud of the fact that he had all the proper paperwork to show he was within his rights.
No other details about the investigation have been released at this time. Stay with WECT and WECT.com for more information as it becomes available.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the information, and send to 274637 (CRIMES).