WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – One person was injured in a shooting at a construction site Monday afternoon.
According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place just before 2 p.m. on Garrett Lea Park.
One person was injured and taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown as of Monday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office has detained one person in connection with the case.
In one of the 911 calls released Monday evening, the caller admitted to shooting a man who he claimed was charging at him and threatening him.
“I’m at Motts Landing and I got a Mexican running at me right now. I’m about to shoot him. He’s been threatening me. He’s been arguing with these Mexicans now and I’m about to shoot him right now,” the caller said.
The caller yells “back up” several times, as he explains to the dispatcher that he was trying to get away from the man.
“He came within ten feet of me and I’m trying to back away from him…I’m trying to run away from him,” the caller said.
A gunshot can then be heard followed by someone gasping.
“I just shot him in the chest. He’s up…,” the caller said. The dispatcher then asks if he shot the man, and the caller said “yes, ma’am, he’s up right now. He’s walking to some people but I don’t know how long he’ll be up.”
The dispatcher then instructs the man to put the gun away and explain what happened.
The caller said he was laying tile at one of the homes under construction and as he walked outside to his truck, the other man, who he claims is a landscaper, angrily approached him and started shouting.
The caller said the other man kept following him as he went back to the house, continuing to shout and “coming close and doing his fist.” The caller said he pulled out his gun and was trying to get away, nearly tripping, which is when the other man charged him and he shot.
The dispatcher then instructs the caller to secure his weapon and put his hands where they are visible, until law enforcement arrives. “I got one hand in the air and one hand on the phone and I’m in the middle of the street,” the caller said.
He added, “I hope they come. I do not want that man to die, I really don’t but I had to stop him from coming at me because he was hardly not even feet away from me … I never, ever want to shoot somebody but this was the case where I was at threat of bodily injury, the way he was shaking his feet and coming at me.”
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