UPDATE: Stray bullets went through neighbor’s home in deadly ‘drive-by’ shooting

20th homicide in 2020 Wednesday night

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man was killed in a shooting late Wednesday night, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Varsity Drive shortly after 10 p.m.

“A short time later, police received word that a 20-year-old male gunshot wound victim had arrived at the NHRMC Emergency Room with life-threatening injuries, and that he had been pronounced deceased,” a WPD news release states.

According to Wilmington police, the victim was Nasir Leonard.

According to neighbors who were at home when the shooting happened, they heard about a dozen popping sounds in rapid succession that they assumed to be fireworks. One man, who lived two doors down from the home where the victim was fatally shot, said a bullet came through his house, straight over the couch where he would have typically been watching TV. He said crime scene investigators were in his home until nearly 2 a.m. Thursday collecting evidence.

Another neighbor, who lived across the street and half a block down from where the victim was shot, said he saw a burgundy two-door sports car stop in the roadway for about five minutes prior to the shooting. He said the driver turned off the headlights and kept his foot on the break before he believes he drove up to his intended target and opened fire.

Several bullet holes could be seen along the exterior of the house where neighbors say the victim was shot. Neighbors believe the victim was in their front yard when the shooting happened, and taken to the hospital by car before police ever arrived.

Neighbors said they did not know the people who lived in the house where the shooting happened, and believed they’d just moved in a few months ago.

This is the 20th homicide in Wilmington this year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3609.

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