Wilmington teen sentenced to 10 years for gang-related shooting

Wilmington teen sentenced to 10 years for gang-related shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington teenager will spend the next 10 years in prison for her role in what police say was a gang-related shooting.

According to the District Attorney's Office, 17-year-old Dominique Gibbs pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter, attempted first degree murder, and conspiracy to discharge a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Police say on January 19, 2014, Gibbs, Torrance Burns, Adron Whitted, and Raequan Rouse drove to the home of a rival gang member on N. 10th Street in Wilmington.

The group is accused of firing at least 20 rounds at the residence. The DA's office says Gibbs was the first person to fire at the residence.

One of the bullets struck Raequan Rouse in the neck during the incident. He was reportedly shot by one of the other three suspects.

No one inside the home fired a weapon at the four while their home was under attack.

During the investigation it was discovered that the group left the scene to meet up with a local leader of the gang, disposed of their handguns, and then split up into two cars before taking Rouse to the hospital.

Rouse died in the emergency room.

"Gangs and Gang violence are a pestilence; tearing at the very fabric of our society. This case is an example of how violence robs us of our most basic freedoms," said Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo in a news release. "It's shameful when children can't play in the street or people feel like prisoners in their own homes because of these senseless acts. Hopefully prosecution like this will help deter others from engaging in similar conduct. This outcome was made possible by the dedicated work of law enforcement and our strong partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement."

Gibbs was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison.

The charges against Adron Whitted and Torrance Burns are still pending.

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