Police: Foulk Road Nursing Home Shooting Was Murder-Suicide, Names Released

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The Delaware State Police are releasing the names of the two individuals that were involved in the shooting incident at ManorCare of Wilmington.

The incident occurred on July 20, 2019, at approximately 1:12 p.m., when Troopers were dispatched to ManorCare of Wilmington, located at 700 Foulk Road, for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, Troopers located two individuals who had sustained apparent gunshot wounds and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The individuals have been identified as 82-year-old Louis M. Camerota and his wife, 79-year-old Gail F. Camerota.

Through further investigations, it was determined that Louis Camerota came to the facility to visit his wife Gail Camerota who was a resident. Louis approached his wife in a common area of the facility where he shot her once before turning the weapon on himself, resulting in both their deaths at the scene, police said. The incident was contained in that common area and there were no other reports of injuries.

The individuals have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where autopsies were performed and have ruled the deaths to be murder/suicide by gunshot.

Original Report

Wilmington – Just before 1:30  this afternoon, police and rescue crews responded to the ManorCare nursing home located at 700 Foulk Road for reports of a shooting.

Medical crews responding to the scene were initially told that two victims were down in the dining room and the shooter had not been secured.  Minutes later crews were told that a gun had been secured and that they were cleared to proceed into the building.

As medical crews arrived on scene police began searching the building for a possible shooter. Medical crews were then teaming up with police officers to enter the building, however, it’s unclear if that occurred.

As police were clearing the building they came across several residents still in their rooms. As they moved from one area to the next they would radio in to report the cleared areas. As the mics clicked on that loud screeching sound of the fire alarm filled the air, someone apparently pulling the alarm as the incident unfolded.

During the search, first responder simultaneously began an evacuation of the building, placing residents in nearby buildings.

Police have not confirmed that the condition of the shooting victims, however, no patients are believed to have been transported to the hospital.

Homicide Detectives have been dispatched to the scene.

State Police issued the following statement:

“The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred this afternoon.

The preliminary investigation has determined that on July 20, 2019, at approximately 1:12 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to ManorCare of Wilmington, located at 700 Foulk Road, for a report of a shooting.

It has been determined at this time that two victims have sustained gunshot wounds.  The building has been cleared and declared safe at this time.

There is no concern for public safety.  Motorist are asked to avoid the area at this time due to heavy police activity.

The investigation is in it’s early stages with further information being released as it becomes available.”

This is a developing story.

Breaking Reports

Wilmington – Delaware State Police along with rescue crews from across northern New Castle County have responded to 700 Foulk Road for reports of a shooting.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that two people have been shot and that the shooter has not been secured.

Police are currently clearing the building.

There are no details available regarding the victims at this time.

Trooper 4  is hovering overhead.

Update:

Early indications are that the incident occurred in the dining room.

Early reports that a gun was recovered have not been confirmed.

The building is being evacuated. Patients are being moved to other buildings.

Correction: The building. is still being clear. Almost compete.

Fire alarms are sounding in the building. Someone apparently pulled the alarm as the incident unfolded.

 

 

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