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One in custody after standoff; locked down schools to start releasing

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in custody after a standoff with police that started this morning and continued until after 1 p.m. in Wilmington. Meanwhile police continue to look into whether there’s a second suspect involved.

Police say it started when officers tried to serve a warrant this morning, and the man started shooting and ran off. Eventually, police said they had cornered the man in a shed on Barclay Hills Place.

A neighbor across the street who was stuck in his house during the standoff told WWAY that police fired tear gas in the area. The witness later sent us a picture of EMS taking a man, believed to be the gunman, from the scene on a stretcher.

The witness tried to come up the street to talk to WWAY, but he said police told him to stay where he was. Investigators say they found a door kicked in on a nearby house. They are not sure if the suspect in custody may have done it, or if there is another person involved.

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Mosley Performance Learning Center, Snipes Elementary School and the Child Development Center have all been under lockdown since the incident started. Extra deputies were brought in to help secure those schools.

A New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says those schools will start releasing starting with the Child Development Center at 2:30 p.m. He says when that is done, students will be released from Mosley, then Freeman and finally Snipes.
WWAY has a crew on the scene. We’ll have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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