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Teen charged in high school shooting after one suffers minor injuries

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A student suffered non-life threatening injuries in a shooting at Wilmington's New Hanover High School Monday, sending the school into lockdown and evacuation mode, according to officials. 

The shooting happened around 11 a.m. and was not considered by deputies to be an active shooter situation. The student shot was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

A 15-year-old student was charged in the incident, deputies said at an afternoon news conference. He is facing multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder.

Authorities respond to reports of a shooting Monday at New Hanover High School. (Photo: Rachel Boyd/Spectrum News 1)

"NHSO is on scene at New Hanover high school where students are being evacuated to Williston middle school due to a shooting," the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office tweeted just after noon. By about 3 p.m., authorities had completed a safety sweep of the building after evacuating students. 

Parents were asked to pick up their children from the MLK Center after school officials perform a headcount. The center is next to the school building, located on Market Street.  

Several officials spoke at the afternoon news conference and firmly expressed zero tolerance for violence on school property. 

"This culture ofretaliationn has got to stop," Wilmington Mayor Bill Staffo said. 

District Attorney Benjamin David also addressed the public and said that few details on the case could be released due to the fact that the incident involved an underage student. He said more information would come out in court, and there would be a time for questions on the shooting, but no farther information could be released Monday. 

Students and teachers at New Hanover High School, part of the New Hanover County Schools system, recently returned for in-person learning. 


WECT INVESTIGATES: Uptick in scam texts costing consumers millions

Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT


By Ann McAdams

All too often, the person on the other end of that text is not who they are pretending to be. Instead of the trusted source you thought you were communicating with, the person who sent the text may be a fraudster. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says complaints about text scams doubled in 2020 to more than 334,000. Americans who fell for these text schemes lost a whopping $86 million last year.

WPD seeks hit-and-run suspect who injured motorcyclist

Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 2:34 PM EDT


By WECT Staff

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for the public’s help to track down a suspect wanted in connection with a hit-and-run in August that left a motorcyclist injured.

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man was shot by law enforcement Wednesday after he allegedly tried to hit a deputy with his vehicle in downtown Wilmington.

Police do not believe this incident is related to any recent gun violence or gang activity.

According to a joint statement from the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was taken to the hospital and was in surgery Wednesday evening. The person’s identity has not yet been released.

Officials say officers tried to stop a vehicle around 5 p.m. Wednesday for a traffic offense but the driver refused to stop. Police supervisors decided not to pursue the vehicle because of the number of cars on the road at the time.

A short time later, the driver is accused of following WPD vehicles. At the same time, a NHCSO deputy was on foot near 4th and Grace Streets serving civil papers.

When the suspect allegedly tried to strike the deputy with his vehicle, both WPD officers and the deputy shot at the man and struck him at least once, according to investigators.

The suspect drove several blocks before colliding with a police vehicle and was then taken into custody at Grace and McRae.

Wilmington resident Jeffrey Lewis was standing on his porch with his daughter when he witnessed officers fire shots at the man in the vehicle.

“I noticed he was doing about 40 in a 25, so the light was red he stopped. A car went to make the intersection and I thought they were going to crash but a guy jumps out with a gun so I’m like ‘oh, what’s going on?’” said Lewis. “The truck stops and then, like, I can’t really hear because I’m about 50-60 feet away but I’m watching this guy point gun at the truck and then three shots go off: ‘pow pow pow!”

Lewis says he just moved to this part of town two weeks ago and says the incident made him scared for the safety of both himself and his children.

Investigators say Wilmington International Airport personnel encountered the same man earlier Wednesday.

Airport officials say the suspect was at Modern Aviation around 2 p.m. and asked to access the ramp where the aircraft are parked. Officials informed him the ramp was a secured area. Two minutes later, he returned, tried to gain access to the ramp himself and was asked to leave. Modern Aviation’s customer service manager then reported the man to the airport operation office, consistent with their policy.

The SBI has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting. The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the vehicle crash.

Per standard protocol, one WPD officer and one New Hanover County sheriff’s deputy have been placed on administrative, leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

This incident took place just a block away from where a shooting happened at N. 5th Avenue and Grace Streets a week ago.

The New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and Wilmington Police Department Police Chief Donny Williams were on the scene.

Crime scene tape is marking off a second area downtown at the intersection of Grace and McRae...

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Wilmington police: Domestic dispute leads to shots fired, stabbing and arrest

The Wilmington Police Department responded to a domestic violence situation Sunday afternoon in the 2000 block of Kent Street.

Officers from the Wilmington Police Department responded to a domestic dispute between on Sunday afternoon after they said the victim stabbed a man who allegedly fired a gun through the front door of a home. 

According to a news release from the department, two brothers were involved in physical altercation early in the day. The dispute continued later in the afternoon at one of the individuals' residences in the 2000 block of Kent Street. 

Benjamin Patrick Jr., 41, shot a gun outside a home and through the front door. He also busted out a window and tried to get inside before he was stabbed by his brother, who was acting in self-defense, authorities said. The name of the other family member is not being released at this time.

After coming to the scene, officers worked to de-escalate the suspect who eventually dropped the weapon. 

"Police arrived and were able to talk him down," said Brandon Shope, communications specialist for the Wilmington Police Department.

After being taking into custody, Patrick received medical treatment at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was later charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Discharge Firearm Occupied Dwelling, Discharge Firearm in Reckless Manner, and Breaking or Entering. 

A secured bond for Patrick was set at $600,000. The incident is under investigation. 

Reporter Chase Jordan can be reached at [email protected]

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