Wilmington – Wilmington Mayor Purzycki Issues a Statement Regarding Today’s East Side Shooting
“It is unacceptable when any person is injured through acts of violence, but today’s incident is deeply disturbing because it involved a young child and his mother. My heart goes out to the family and my prayers are for them and our City as we fight our way through senseless gun-related violence. At the scene today, I learned more about how this incident unfolded and then tried to fathom what could possibly have caused someone to fire a weapon on a city street not knowing who could be hurt. For many people, it is hard to comprehend why these incidents happen, and yet for others, violence is an acceptable behavior, and that’s a very discomforting problem that all of us are going to have to solve. I will do everything I can through law enforcement and through the delivery of needed programs and services to reduce crime and assure citizens that we are focused on ending violence and stabilizing neighborhoods. I am confident in our long-term public safety strategies.”
Wilmington Fire Spokesman James Jobes posted a comment on his Facebook page
“Ok, Wilmington enough is enough… you shooting babies now… This baby happens to be my son in laws nephew, so someone out there knows something… You know someone is already talking… so do the right thing and let the authorities know… if you don’t want to talk to WPD then in box me”
Reactions across Facebook range from sadness, to anger to the Governor needs to call in the National Guard.
“Prayers something has to be done I have lived with the national guard patrolling Wilmington before I think it’s time again this poor baby”
“Wonder what that entails? How do they get assigned?”
“I don’t know,I know that would be extreme but babies are being shot c’mon something has to be done”
Wilmington – On June 6, 2017 at approximately 2:34 p.m., Uniform Services Division and Criminal Investigations Division officer’s on routine patrol in the area of W.4th and Lombard Streets notified 911 Dispatch of Gunfire in their immediate area.
Simultaneously, a ShotSpotter Notification of gunfire was received for the 700 block of E. 6th Street. The officer’s immediately responded into the 700 block of E.6th Street where they located a 6-year-old juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head and a 31-year-old female victim suffering from a gunshot wound to her left arm.
The officer’s rendered medical aid to the victims until the arrival of additional EMS and New Castle County Paramedics who continued treatment on scene. The juvenile male victim was transported via ambulance to the A.I DuPont Children’s Hospital and is described as in critical condition.
The female victim was transported to the St. Francis Hospital Emergency Room and is described as in stable condition.
This investigation is considered active and ongoing at the time of this release and Criminal Investigations Division Detectives remain on the scene. Additional updates will be provided as available. Anyone with information relative to this investigation is asked to call Detective Devon Jones at 302-576-6206. Additionally, Tips may be left on Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip-line at 1-800-TIP-3333, or citizens can TEXT a tip to NIXLE at 888777.
Wilmington – Wilmington Police along with medical crews were called to the 700 block of E. 6th Street just after 2:30 p.m., today, for reports of gunfire in the area.
Arriving units found a woman suffering from a graze wound to her arm and a child suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Reports from the scene indicate that the child was rushed to A.I. DuPont Hospital.