Gunfire was opened amid a Wilmington house party, leaving three people dead and four in the hospital. The victims ranged from ages 22 to 16.
The Wilmington Police Department is investigating the shooting incident that took the lives of three young people who were at a house party in North Carolina on April 3, 2020.
The house party on 718 Kidder St. was the location of the shooting. The authorities reported that a gunfight broke out, and the exchange of gunfire is what took three lives and left four victims in the hospital due to gunshot wounds.
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THREE OF THE SEVEN
The Wilmington Police Department released a statement on Facebook containing details about the house party shooting. They followed up with another statement releasing the names of the three deceased victims. It reads:
"The deceased victims in this case are Zieyah Wade (22 year old male), Shamir Jones (21 year old male), and a 16-year-old female (name withheld due to age)."
The authorities also shared the identities of the four victims that survived the gunfight. Zykeria Crawford, 19, Zymiryon Atkins, 18, Valery Orelus, 18, and Keyshawn James, 21, were all admitted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
NOT A RANDOM SHOOTING
Although the mass shooting is still under investigation, public information officer Jessica Williams revealed that law enforcement does not believe that the act of violence was random.
Gonzalez has been charged with four counts of murder and three attempted murders. He is eligible for the death penalty.
The police officers discovered numerous firearms at the gunfight scene upon arriving at the scene, which will aid them in further investigating what happened that night. No suspects have been identified thus far.
MOURNING ON EASTER SUNDAY
As the rest of the world celebrated Easter Sunday, the North Carolina locals of Wilmington streamed to the house on Kidder Street to place flowers, photos, and other memorabilia in honor of the three people who died.
Family members and loved ones of the victims gathered on the curb to remember the young people's lives that they had lost. Local law enforcement is just as horrified and saddened by the incident as Williams shared:
"Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence, and we ask that anyone with information surrounding this incident please come forward."
ALSO IN MOURNING
The Northern Carolina community is not the only one that has recently been affected by mass shootings. A business complex in Southern California was the location of a shooting that took four people's lives.
One of the victims was a nine-year-old boy, Matthew Farias, who was amongst those killed in the incident on Wednesday in the City of Orange. The young boy died in the protective arms of his mother.
The authorities say that the City of Orange shooting was not random but that the suspect targeted the building and those inside it. Jenevieve Raygoza, 28, Leticia Solis Guzman, 58, and Luis Tovar, 50, were the other three victims.
44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez has been identified as the suspect. Gonzalez has been charged with four counts of murder and three attempted murders. He is eligible for the death penalty.
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