A Wilmington man accused of attempted robbery locks himself in a hospital bathroom

Reported by Claire Simms  email | bio
Posted by Nikki Brochetti  email

Wilmington, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man who was released from prison last week is on his way back to jail.

According to Wilmington Police, 28-year-old Shamel McCallum tried to rob the "Two-Fifth" store on 17th Street around 7:00 Tuesday evening.

Authorities said an employee shot McCallum in the leg.  McCallum managed to get away but detectives followed his blood trail with canines and sent the Sable helicopter to comb the nearby area.

Detectives said McCallum managed to make it to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he threatened workers.

According to Police, McCallum apparently said he would shoot workers if they didn't treat his injuries, then barricaded himself in a hospital bathroom.

After about half an hour, McCallum eventually surrendered to law enforcement.

A hospital spokeswoman said police and hospital workers quickly locked down the facility and took every precaution to ensure the safety of patients and hospital employees.

No one was injured in the incident.

McCallum was treated for his injuries and was released to the Wilmington Police Department.

He is being charged with attempted common law robbery and is being held on a $100,000 secured bond.