Arrest Made In Yesterday’s New Castle Shooting, Man Held On $1,000,000

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New Castle – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit has arrested a New Castle man and charged him in connection with an early morning shooting which occurred yesterday., according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

The investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, as a 28-year-old Wilmington man and Kenneth D. Holmes, 25, of New Castle, were allegedly involved in a physical altercation in the parking lot of the Star Center located at 3125 New Castle Avenue, according to Hale. Following the altercation, Holmes left the area on foot, but allegedly returned a short time later, according to Hale. He then produced a gun and approached the victim, who was now seated in the passenger seat of a car parked in the lot, said Hale. Holmes then allegedly fired the gun, striking the victim in the head before fleeing the area on foot, according to Hale.

The male victim was treated by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to a local hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

Delaware State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and after conducting multiple interviews and using other investigative measures, they were allegedly able to positively identify Kenneth Holmes as the suspect in the shooting, according to Hale. Detectives then obtained warrants charging Holmes with Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited. They were then able to take him into custody at his residence without incident.

Kenneth Holmes was transported to Troop 2 where he was arraigned at JP Court 2. He was then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in default of $1,000,000.00 cash bail.

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New Castle – Delaware State Police are currently investigating a shooting which occurred early this morning in New Castle, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey Hale.

Hale said the investigation began at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, after troopers were called to respond to the Star Center, located at 3125 New Castle Avenue, for the report of a shooting.

Upon their arrival, responding troopers observed a male subject seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle which was parked in the lot, with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Hale. The male victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The Delaware State Police continue to investigate this incident and no arrests have been made. Further details will be released at a later time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact Detective Kyle Archer at 302-752-3791. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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