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Violence at area housing projects

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Shots fired at one housing project in Wilmington have residents all shook up. Enough that they’re beginning to question their safety. Rankin Terrace resident Kristy Anderson says, “To me the disregard for life is unbelievable out here.”

According to police, the male victim was dropped off at the Rankin housing projects to buy cigarettes. As he was getting back into the car, two men between the ages of 17 and 20 started asking him for money. The victim refused, and the suspect hit him in the head, then shot him in the leg. Sources say the incident may have been gang related, because the two suspects were wearing red bandanas over their faces. Police are calling it an armed robbery. “How much money could he have really had, to take someone’s life,” says Anderson.

What concerns neighbors the most is the fact that it happened in front of young children, and innocent bystanders. Anderson says, “My younger kids saw the whole thing, they were witnesses, they were out here, and in their minds, they think it’s ok.” Michael Krause of the Wilmington Housing Authority says, “Any criminal activity puts all our residents at risk, whether they’re old or young.”

In the past few months, the Housing Authority has been taking steps to further protect their residents. One of the ways is contracting Wilmington police officers specifically to patrol the projects. Krause says, “I would hope that seeing a greater police presence would deter any residents from doing anything that would cost them to not only go to jail but lose their home.”

Anderson just wants to let her kids play outside without having to worry about their safety. “If one of my kids would have gotten hurt, I would have lost it,” says Anderson.

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A shooting at a Wilmington Housing Project has neighbors concerned. It happened at 12th and Rankin Streets, just as the sun went down. Police are calling it an armed robbery.

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