87-Year-Old Man Shot, Minor Injury

Wilmington Delaware State Police are currently investigating an armed robbery in which an 87 year old man was slightly injured that occurred late last night, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

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Hale said that the incident occurred at around 10:20 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016, as the man arrived at his home located in the 3700 block of Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington. Police said that as the man entered his garage, he was followed by a male suspect who displayed an unknown make and model handgun and confronted him.

Hale said The victim attempted to knock the handgun away from the suspect at which time a round was discharged from the gun, striking the victim in the head. The victim then complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an undisclosed amount of money to him. The suspect then fled on foot and was last seen running toward McKennan’s Church Road, according to Hale.

The victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released with a minor injury to his head.

The suspect was described as an unknown race male. He was 5’08”-5’10” tall and was last seen wearing dark colored pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and had a mask covering his face. There is no further clothing or physical description available at this time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Det. Heidi Carroll at 302-365-8467. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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