Gangs behind 5 of 6 Wilmington shootings over Thanksgiving

Gangs behind 5 of 6 Wilmington shootings over Thanksgiving

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Officers believe five of the six shooting reported over the Thanksgiving holiday were gang-related.

Four of the calls were initiated by shot spotter alerts.

Of the six shootings, a total of six people suffered gunshot wounds. Police report many incidents involved witnesses that wouldn’t talk to police or an uncooperative victim.

The first shooting occurred on November 22, on Orange Street. The next happened on November 24, on Greenfield Street.

Police raced to N 6th Street on December 1, after hearing shots fired and found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

While another shooting was reported on November 28, officers believe it was an isolated, domestic crime.

Police have been unsuccessful in arresting the individuals accused of firing the shots. Though people have been arrested for outstanding warrants at the scene of the crime, or impeding officer’s investigation of the shooting, the suspects in the shootings are still at large.

“What we’re witnessing right now is where today’s victim is tomorrow’s defendant, where people do not trust enough in the court system and those of us who are in the justice system to get justice down at the courthouse so they’re taking it into their own hands and this downward spiral of violence is just going to beget more violence," said District Attorney Ben David. "The thing to do if you’re a victim or a witness to a shooting or any form of violence is to immediately report it and we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure you get justice.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Wilmington police at (910)-343-3620 or visit www.tip708.com to submit an anonymous tip. You can also submit an anonymous tip via text by sending a message to “CRIMES” and starting your message with “Tip708″.

David says man of the biggest cases in New Hanover County have been solved by people coming forward through Text-A-Tip.

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