“We know there were witnesses”: WPD offers reward for information in December fatal shooting

WPD offers reward for information in December fatal shooting

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in connection to the murder of William Springer.

Just before 2 a.m. on Dec. 29, police officers near the 1100 block of Castle Street heard shots fired.

When they arrived at the scene, they found Springer suffering from a gunshot wound and initiated life-saving measures until EMS arrived. Springer later died due to his injuries.

“We know there were witnesses," said lead investigator Lucas Borton. "We have surveillance footage from that night at the Sportsman’s Club, I mean, it’s a packed house. There’s plenty of people there, unfortunately they’re just not willing to come forward and tell us what they saw.”

Last September, District Attorney Ben David announced that charges were dismissed against Springer in connection with the Feb. 5, 2017, killing of Montreal Antwann Holmes, 28, and shooting of Dominique Lavatia Gray, 34.

Those charges were dropped after witnesses were being uncooperative and avoiding subpoenas.

“Unfortunately, I think just because he had his demons in the past doesn’t exactly mean that we need to take it at face value," Borton said. "I mean, he still has a family. He’s still a person, and in times like these you have to think about the family and providing them that kind of closure to put this case to rest.”

Anyone with information about Springer’s murder is asked to call the WPD at 910-343-3609 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-531-9845.

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