Validated gang member arrested in June shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A validated gang member has been arrested in connection to the shooting of a Wilmington woman last month.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from the Wilmington Police Department arrested Branden Ross Tuesday morning in the Houston Moore community.

A spokesperson for the US Marshals said officers located Ross in a vehicle around 11:30 a.m. and attempted to make a traffic stop. Ross abandoned the vehicle and was eventually taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Ross, 27, has been charged with:

  • assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
  • discharging a firearm in an occupied property
  • possession of a firearm by a felon
  • speeding to elude arrest with aggravating factors
  • two counts of probation violation
  • possession of a Scheduled II controlled substance

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a woman with a gunshot wound. She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety website, Ross has numerous previous convictions. In 2007, he was convicted of assault with a deadly with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in Onslow County.

He has served multiple stints in prison, the most recent being a six-month sentence that ended in January 2017 for a parole violation.

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