WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Two men were taken to the hospital after a shooting incident at a home in the 1000 block of Hanover Street Wednesday night around 6:45.
A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said he had just sat down with his family for dinner when he heard the commotion.
"After the first gunshot, I had enough time to run upstairs to my safe, get my AR-15 and went back downstairs to call 911," the neighbor explained.
He watched as 33-year-old Rondell Williams and 36-year-old Joseph Corbett III shot back and forth at each. He believes he heard about 16 rounds.
"Honestly what was going through my mind is the first one who turns to shoot towards my house, I'm killing him. So that's what I was thinking and hoping the cops would hurry up and get there," the neighbor said.
Police say Corbett is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives at the home on Hanover Street where the shooting took place.
The woman ran out of the house, yelling, when she heard gunshots from inside the house.
"I had to tell her to get out of the street - get down, lay on your stomach behind my car," the neighbor recalled.
As she hid behind his car, the neighbor said he huddled on his front stoop behind cinder blocks pointing his rifle at Williams, who ran outside shooting. He says Corbett quickly followed, firing back.
When officers arrived on scene, they found Williams lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. Police pulled him to safety before EMS arrived to take him to the hospital.
The Police Tactical Team was dispatched after witnesses thought Corbett went back into the home, but he wasn't initially found. The woman who lives at the home said she discovered him hiding in a cabinet under the sink.
Corbett eventually checked into the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach and was taken in to surgery.
The neighbor said he's trying to get out of his lease. While this shooting incident may be over, he said it's hard for his family to sleep at night, worried that a similar incident will happen again.
Other neighbors agree the violence has to stop.
"This gun violence has got to end. Like, I mean it has to, or you know more people are going to lose family members and friends. It's sad, it's just sad," said Erica Allen.
No charges have been filed at this time and the shooting is still under investigation.
Both men remain in the hospital.