Friends and family are mourning a Wilmington mother who was killed in a shooting that also injured her 4-year-old daughter and her friend.
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Police identified the victim as 25-year-old Latrice Blackshear. Witnesses told NBC10 Blackshear's boyfriend was arguing with an unidentified suspect outside their home on North Washington and 7th Streets shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. Blackshear was getting ready to take her two children to a nearby store when the suspect her boyfriend was arguing with took out a gun and opened fire, according to witnesses.
Blackshear, her 4-year-old daughter and 51-year-old friend Marta Wright were all struck in the shooting as the gunman fled the scene. A witness told NBC10 Blackshear's 9-year-old son, who was unharmed, ran down the street and screamed, "My mom got shot! My mom got shot! My mom is dead!"
"When I got to him he was saying, 'My mom was shot and my sister. Can you get to my sister?'" said Misty Allen, Blackshear's neighbor. "For a kid to witness their mother being killed?! That's hard for anybody."
Blackshear, who was struck in the upper torso, was taken to Christiana Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Her daughter was taken to the Wilmington Emergency Room where she was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. She is currently in stable condition. Wright was taken to Wilmington Hospital where she was also treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. She is also in stable condition.
Wright's daughter Markelin Wright told NBC10 her mother was passing by when she was struck in the shooting.
"It ain't no safety in the city," she said. "I been here all my life. I don't feel safe. I don't even feel safe to bring my daughter back up here."
No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate. Neighbors say a city surveillance camera hangs only steps away from the scene but it either doesn't work or isn't being monitored.
"I know things," said Kevin Mullen, another neighbor of the victim. "I've done things. I've seen things. But this right here is like walking in Iraq, not knowing day to day whether you're going to be gunned down by gun violence."
Police took Blackshear's boyfriend in for questioning as they continue to search for the gunman. If you have any information on the shooting please call Detective Thomas Curely at 302-576-3625.