WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is investigating after a 19-year-old was seriously injured in a shooting on Red Cross Street Tuesday afternoon.
According to Jessica Williams, spokeswoman for the police department, officers were alerted to the shooting just after 12 p.m. in the 600 block of Red Cross Street.
When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old male, who was shot in the chest.
He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in serious, but stable condition.
No other details were released.
A home at 617 Red Cross Street was hit by bullets and there were shell casing on the porch, according to our photographer at the scene.
Property records show the home is owned by George Taylor, the founder of TRU Colors Brewing Company, a business that hires gang members in an effort to reduce gun violence. Taylor said the victim in today’s shooting was not an employee of TRU Colors.
“This violence should never happen,” Taylor said. “We’ve stopped so much violence, but this should have never happened today.”
Tuesday’s shooting marks the third shooting in Wilmington since Friday, Nov. 22, when three people were shot near Orange and 11th streets. No one was reportedly injured in a shooting along Greenfield Street Sunday night.
Police officials declined an on-air interview to discuss the recent gun violence, but did offer this comment:
“The Wilmington Police Department is currently investigating three shooting incidents that occurred between November 22 and November 26 – two of which involved injuries. Since these cases are still under investigation, police are unable to release specific information regarding the motives behind these shootings. However, there is no reason to believe the public is in danger.”
If you have information, please call the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3620 or submit an anonymous tip here.