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Felon charged with Friday morning shooting

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some scary moments at two Wilmington schools this morning. Classrooms were locked down as police looked for a man who fired shots down the street scattering five shells near the corner of 10th and Wooster Streets.

“You never know what’s going to happen and when it’s going to happen around here,” said Danny Miller, who was visiting some friends near where the shooting happened. “You have to be careful. You have to be on your guard every day in this one area here. Truthfully, no. Safety, no. Don’t feel too safe around here.”

Miller said things are getting bad. Several other neighbors we spoke with were too scared to speak on camera. They say they not only fear for their lives but the lives of their children.

Miller says the suspect is an unfamiliar face in the neighborhood. He does not know why the man started shooting. Neither do police, who caught the suspect after a brief chase leading to a host of charges, including discharging a firearm within city limits, hinder and delay of a law enforcement officer, going armed in terror of the public and possession of firearm by a felon.

“I think it’s a bunch of young kids, and I think that they don’t have anything to do, or they are just doing these drugs,” Miller said.

Late this afternoon, police said they charged Joseph Thomas Humphrey III, 26, of Wilmington with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and related charges. He is in jail under $30,000 bond.

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