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ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about early-morning shooting outside party

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An overnight shooting in downtown Wilmington has police looking for answers. Shots rang out at an event at the Brooklyn Arts Center around 1 a.m. Despite the large crowd no one was hit.

The Brooklyn Arts Center on the corner of 4th and Campbell Streets holds all kinds of events, like concerts, weddings and other private parties. But a Christmas night party was cut short early Monday morning when someone fired a gun.

“We were so close we could hear the barrel cock,’ said a witness, who does not want to be identified. He was on his way inside when the shots rang out. “Bow bow! That was it. I saw all the fire coming out the barrel.”

He says he heard people arguing moments before the shooting.

“The dude doing the shooting did not care at all,” he said. “No mask, no nothing. He was shootings toward the people who were standing in line.”

Wilmington Police arrived at the Brooklyn Arts Center around 1:30 a.m. Investigators say one shot was fired inside the building. They found several bullet casings outside.

Police say no one was hit during the shooting. That’s a big surprise to this witness.

“I was seriously shocked,” the witness said. “I was like, ‘Nobody got shot? Nobody got hit with none of the bullets?'”

The group that put on the party, Black Barbie Entertainment, had no comment Monday. But on the event’s Facebook page, the group did acknowledge the shooting saying, “Thanks to evryone (sic) who came out last night…..I am soooo happy no one was harmed in last nights (sic) incidents.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600. Or you can anonymously text a tip. Just text TIP708 and your message to CRIMES (274637)

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