WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Three people were taken into custody after a shooting in the Creekwood community Sunday afternoon. They are expected to make their first court appearance Monday.
According to police, Harold Leonard, Shaquan Palmer and Motrell Jones face several charges, including armed terrorizing of the public.
Police said witnesses from the scene told them that the trio was running through the streets firing weapons around 2:15 p.m.
Two people were hit with stray bullets and taken to the hospital for treatment. According to Sgt. McMillan, a man was shot in the leg, and a woman was shot in the arm.
The suspects tried to elude police by running through several apartments in the area after the shooting.
All charges are pending right now, but McMillan said the suspects will be charged with two counts of breaking and entering because they broke into houses in their attempts to run away. He said they will also be charged with one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. McMillan said at least one bullet hit a vehicle with a man inside, but the man was not injured.
Officers recovered several weapons from the incident and are not sure if more people were involved in the shooting. According to Jeff Hovis, Wilmington Housing Authority Board Chairman, the shooters were not residents of the community.
Hovis says he and other board members at the Wilmington Housing Authority will hold an emergency meeting to create a plan to keep residents safe.
Ralph Evangelous, Chief of Wilmington Police, praised the community for aiding in the arrest efforts after the shooting.
"What we saw is unprecedented cooperation from residents. That's why we arrested so many people this weekend," said Evangelous. "Community engagement is critical to where go in the future."
The three people in custody are scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609, text Crimes (274637) start your text message with "Tip708" then type your message, or call Crime stoppers at 1-800-531-9845.