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Streets Calm, Tensions Still Run High

WILMINGTON -- Police say the area around Princess Place Drive was calm Friday night. They do not plan to beef up security in the neighborhoods. Instead they want to give family and friends time to grieve and gather around a makeshift memorial for 23-year-old Phillipe McIver.

After a night of chaos and questions, anger is boiling.

 "Why am I so angry?  Because he died from a gunshot wound to the head.  They supposed to have non-lethal ways of handling things.  He died from a gunshot wound to the head.  That's why I'm so upset, that's why I say they gonna get no rest.  We're not gonna let this one go so easily.  We're not," says Teddie Batts, McIver's uncle.

Minister Glenn Miller lives in Leland. He knows the McIver family and feels compelled to try his best to calm their anger.

"I don't think violence is the way to go, violence begets violence," Miller said, "There will be no end in sight once violence starts."

District Attorney Ben David is also pleading with residents to remain calm.

"I spoke to Phillipe McIver's mother Felicia earlier this morning, and I asked for her to be patient as we gathered all the facts and evidence.  I had a chance to sit down with SBI agents to review all the facts and laws that bare on this care.  I ask this community for calm while we do that," David said.

Authorities are hoping to have some questions answered soon. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday in Jacksonville.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. Chief Ralph Evangelous says that is standard procedure.

Reported by: Kacey Gaumer

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