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Police: Paraplegic man in wheelchair shot in hip in Raleigh

Posted November 30, 2017 8:08 a.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2017 5:56 p.m. EST

— A paraplegic man was shot late Wednesday as he traveled in his wheelchair on a street in Raleigh, police said.

Derrick Marquette Wilson, 39, was in the intensive care unit at WakeMed.

The shooting happened on Person Street near Bragg Street shortly before 9 p.m., according to the Raleigh Police Department. Wilson told officers he heard a gunshot and found that he had been hit in the hip.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Wilson's family says he has been in a wheelchair since he was shot five years ago. After an initial struggle, they said, he adapted to his new life and was comfortable moving around his neighborhood south of downtown Raleigh in his wheelchair.

They said they believe the shooting was part of an attempted robbery, with someone preying on a vulnerable person.

"If someone knew that he had some money or something on him, he's an easy target, but it's just terrible to do something like that to someone in a wheelchair," said Wilson's brother, Jamaal Wilson. "You could just push him over instead of shooting him."