According to Wilmington Police officials, Martinez Vaughn was shot multiple times. (Source: WECT)
Emergency crews responded to a deadly shooting near the intersection of Ninth and Dock Streets Tuesday afternoon.(Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Several 911 calls were made moments after 26-year-old Martineze Vaughn was shot and killed in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon.
A man called from across the street of where the shooting took place and described the entire ordeal as it unfolded.
"There's a guy that's just got lit up," the man says. "He probably got shot three or four times."
A female caller describes what she saw moments after Vaughn was shot, "I was walking my dog and the guy is laying there with a bullet in his chest."
Vaughn was shot near the steps of 122 South Ninth Street. He was originally said to have been found lying there, but the Wilmington Police Department later said he was found deceased in the back of a silver Honda. The 911 calls paint a picture of how Vaughn made his way into that vehicle.
"He's lying with his head on the sidewalk," the male caller said as he watched from across the street. "His feet are up towards the door… Oh man… a car just pulled up."
"Oh my God, a couple of guys just came, one of them has a gun, they're pulling his body," he says.
"Are they pulling him in the car," the dispatcher questions.
Shortly after the first officer arrived on scene, "flying solo," according to the caller, and can be heard yelling at the people attempting to pull Vaughn into the car. A short time later backup arrives to help secure the scene and the 911 call ends.
Not everyone who called 911 got through the first time though.
Emergency dispatchers called another woman back who attempted to call earlier, but hung up. Their conversation is chilling.
"I called three [expletive] times," the hysterical woman said. "Someone's been shot in front of my building!"
"Ma'am take a breath," the dispatcher said in an attempt to calm the female caller.
"There's someone laid out on the [expletive] steps! I've got my kids in this house… please get an officer over here," the caller said through gasps of air.
Another call begins with a woman screaming "oh my God" over and over again as a recorded message from 911 plays instructing the call not to hang up.
Police later cleared the scene where Vaughn was shot, and WPD officials released information saying there was no threat to the public's safety. Around 7:45 that night, a second shooting occurred near Nun and Eighth Streets. No one was injured.
No arrests have been made in Vaughn's death at this time.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES start your message with Tip708 then type your tip.