Police identify victim in fatal overnight shooting

Officers are investigating the shooting.
Officers are investigating the shooting.
New Hanover County dispatch confirms one person has been shot in the 1300 block of South 7th Street in Wilmington Thursday morning.
New Hanover County dispatch confirms one person has been shot in the 1300 block of South 7th Street in Wilmington Thursday morning.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Police have identified the victim killed in a shooting early Thursday morning.

According to officials, 17-year-old Jeffrey Henry was found dead from what appeared to be a gunshot wound in front 1217 South Sixth Street. That shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m.

Officers found Henry's body in front of house. The man living there said he stepped outside at the sound of gunfire, but didn't see the body.

Hampton Colclough answered the door when police arrived to tell him the teenager was dead near his front porch.

With a bullet hole in his house, Colclough said he's not flinching after this murder.

"That was just an incident, an incident that shouldn't have happened," he said. "I'm not going anywhere.

A spokesperson for New Hanover County Schools said Henry withdrew from the school system in June 2011. He had a tattoo that read "Southside."

People living in the neighborhood of the murder said that's a gang reference. Wilmington Police could not confirm if the shooting was gang related, but Colclough said he's sure there will be more shots.

"Unfortunately I know there's going to be repercussions," he said. "One killing starts another killing."

A second man was shot in the leg and was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where police questioned him.

Police taped off two blocks between Sixth and Seventh Streets and Kidder to Marstellar Street for several hours. They took the crime tape down around 7:30 Thursday morning. Police used metal detectors and the SABLE helicopter to search for evidence in the area.

Police have recovered two guns from behind the crime scene.

911 calls

One witness said she heard 8 to 10 gunshots and then called 911. Five people in the area called 911 that night.

One caller described himself as a relative.

"He's my cousin," said the caller. "We was walking to the store, somebody started shooting."

Other callers shared the emergency but kept their involvement to a minimum, as dispatchers asked if they would like to meet with police.

"Oh Lord no," said one. "I don't want to get shot."

More Shot Spotter reports

Thursday morning's murder follows a weekend of gunfire that one WPD officer considered "unprecedented."

The number of hits on WPD's Shot Spotter technology is at 66 so far this month. That puts June as the busiest month this year.

The Wilmington Police Department is encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 910-343-3600. You can also anonymously submit a tip using Text-A-Tip by texting "Tip708" and the information to 274637.

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