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Wilmington Blood Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years After Ditching a Stolen, Loaded Gun on a Daycare Playground

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Wilmington man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession of a stolen, loaded firearm, which was apprehended after he dropped it in the playground of a daycare when he was fleeing from police. On February 21, 2024, Shaquille Gregg, age 29, pled guilty to the charge. The sentence imposed is the statutory maximum for this crime.

“This Blood gang member received the maximum time behind bars after ditching a stolen gun on a daycare playground while he ran to dodge arrest,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Officers should be commended for their work apprehending the defendant, and their quick action finding the gun before a toddler could.  This case came from our Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) partnership with local law enforcement to stop armed Wilmington-based gang members in their tracks.”

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on January 26, 2022, an officer with the Wilmington Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Gregg was the passenger.  Once the vehicle stopped, Gregg fled from the vehicle on foot. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to apprehend Gregg. Officers retraced the path of Gregg’s flight from law enforcement and located a stolen Smith and Wesson pistol in the fenced in playground area of a daycare. Subsequent testing revealed the presence of Gregg’s DNA on the firearm.

In 2014, Gregg, a member of the Double-II Bloods, shot a man in the face and back after he questioned his gang affiliation. When officers arrested Gregg for the shooting, they located him at his residence asleep with his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter and a loaded, 9mm pistol under his pillow. In 2015, Gregg was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for this conduct in New Hanover County Superior Court and was sentenced to 75 – 102 months in prison.

Gregg also has prior convictions for possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, carrying a concealed gun, and two federal convictions for distribution of a quantity of heroin. Gregg has been validated as a member of the Bloods street gang by the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The FBI’s Coastal Carolina Safe Street’s Gang Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Wilmington Police Department, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Special Assistant United States Attorney William Van Trigt prosecuted the case. Van Trigt is a prosecutor with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal violent crimes and other criminal matters.  This has been made possible by a grant funded by New Hanover County.

The conviction is a result of the ongoing VCAP initiative which is collaborative effort with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, working with the community, to identify and address the most significant drivers of violent crime. VCAP involves focused and strategic enforcement, and interagency coordination and intelligence-led policing.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:22-cr-00123BO-001.

Updated June 28, 2024

Firearms Offenses