WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Caught on tape, two teenagers go at it in a Wilmington apartment complex as adults stand by. But there may be more to the neighborhood problem than just this fight.
The fight at Greentree Apartments off North Kerr Avenue did not escalate too much, but the footage did cause some concern.
In the video, two boys end up fighting, but this is not where the controversy in the neighborhood ends.
“They just start fights everywhere they go,” neighbor Dee Thompson said. “I’m surprised they’re not yelling right now.”
Thompson says since her neighbors moved in, the drama in the neighborhood has been unreal.
“This is the way they handle stuff: by communicating threats like they’re going to kill people. ‘Oh, when the police leave, I’m going to kill you.’ When the police are here you’re trying to kill me. It’s crazy,” Thompson said.
Thompson says there have been many altercations between her and the two women in the video, including a fight with a baseball bat.
We tried to talk to the women to get their side of the story.
Velma Smalls says Thompson is the troublemaker, and they were sticking up for their family.
While we were talking to Smalls, Thompson shot video of a woman on the other side of the building hitting a metal baseball bat on the concrete and yelling at her across the parking lot.
Both women say nothing happened after we left, but both Thompson and Smalls have taken out charges on each other. They are due in court August 6.
Smalls says the fight caught on video was of members of a gang trying to attack her son, and she’s worried about his safety.