Caller heard 'six to seven' gunshots in fatal shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with the Wilmington Police Department have identified a man killed in a shooting early Monday morning.

ShotSpotter, the city's gunfire detection system, activated at Harnett Street and Fifth Avenue around 12:45 a.m., indicating 12 rounds had been fired. Moments later, a woman called 911 to report shots had been fired.

"I live on the corner of Fifth and Harnett, and we just heard about six to seven gunshots go off," the caller said.

When police arrived minutes later they found 31-year-old Reubin Irvin — a validated gang member with the Bloods — lying in the street with at least one gunshot wound to the chest, 911 records indicate.

A different distraught 911 caller said the suspect had left in a vehicle but did not describe that person or the vehicle.

Police blocked off the intersection while they investigated the scene.

According to 911 records, investigators found a "long gun" in a trash can on Harnett Street.

Irvin was taken to the hospital where he later died.

No arrests have been made.

Police say the deadly shooting was an isolated incident, however, they are investigating whether it was gang-related.

This morning's deadly shooting isn't believed to be connected to a shooting on Carolina Beach Road early Sunday morning that left one man injured.

If you have any information, please contact the Wilmington Police Department at 343-3609 or send an anonymous tip to Text-A-Tip by texting "CRIMES" (274637) and starting the text with "Tip708."

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly said police arrived around 2 a.m. Officers were actually at the scene within minutes of the initial 911 call. 

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