Officials: Police, Feds Work Together To Bring In Double Shooting Suspect

Wilmington Police Department collaboration with federal and local authorities leads to arrest of Edgemoor teen for December double shooting.

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department were part of a coordinated effort with the New Castle County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Marshals Service, and the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center that resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old Edgemoor juvenile in connection with a December 28 shooting in Wilmington.

On Friday, December 28, at approximately 8:12 p.m., Wilmington Police officers were in the 600 block of West 7th Street handling a call for service. A vehicle subsequently entered the block, and an occupant discharged a firearm in close proximity to the officers. The officers, who were not injured, were able to take cover behind parked vehicles, and they assisted members of the community in taking cover as well.

Officers subsequently located two shooting victims at the scene – a 20-year-old male and an 18-year-old female were both struck by gunfire. They were treated on scene and were transported to a hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

On January 3, Wilmington Police and New Castle County Police detectives jointly executed several search warrants. While they were executing a search warrant in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, a 15-year-old suspect attempted to flee the residence but was quickly taken into police custody without further incident.

The juvenile suspect has since been charged with the following felony offenses:
Assault First Degree (Two Counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Juvenile
Reckless Endangering First Degree (Two Counts)
Conspiracy First Degree

He was arraigned and was committed to the New Castle County Detention Center on a $200,000 cash-only bail.

“This investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a dangerous actor, is a strong example of how we routinely work with our partners in law enforcement in the course of criminal investigations,” said Chief Robert J. Tracy. “Crime does not always respect jurisdictional boundaries, underscoring the importance of these collaborations, and our close communication with our partners in the region.”

Original Story

Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting that sent two people to the hospital Friday evening.

Authorities said that at approximately 8:12 pm, on Friday, December 28, Wilmington Police Officers, on a call in the 600 block of W. 7th Street, heard gunshots in the area.

The officers responded to the scene where they located a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both patients were treated on scene and later transported to the hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident may contact Detective Joran Merced at (302) 576-3637, or you may contact DELAWARE CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via their website: delawarecrimestoppers.org

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