- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Wilmington police are investigating seven homicides that have happened in the past eight weeks, a string of slayings that Police Chief Ralph Evangelous calls “a tragic and unparalleled series of events.”

Area media outlets report the latest slaying occurred on Monday when a man was shot and killed and a woman wounded in a home invasion. It was the city’s fourth homicide in five days.

Evangelous plans to ask city council for eight more detectives to help investigate such crimes.

Authorities say in the most recent slaying, two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Police say that during the home invasion, a man was shot and later died. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

The wounded woman is expected to recover.

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