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Elsmere Teen Charged In Shooting Death Of 15-Year-Old Girl At Newport Apartment

Newport– The Delaware State Police have arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with a homicide that occurred on February 15, 2020, according to Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said the investigation began on February 15, 2020, at approximately 9:56 p.m., when the Newport Police Department and Troopers were dispatched to the unit block of Bennett Court, for a report of a shooting at an apartment. Upon their arrival, police located a 15-year-old female gunshot victim at the residence where she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Through investigative measures, detectives were able to identify another 15-year-old female of Elsmere as a suspect. On April 13, 2020, the suspect was charged with the following crimes:

Manslaughter (felony)
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (felony)
She turned herself in at Delaware State Police Troop 6 and was processed and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11. She was committed to New Castle County Detention Center on $130,000.00 cash bond.

Original Report

Newport, Delaware – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is currently conducting an investigation with the Newport Police Department into a shooting death that occurred last night, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the preliminary investigation has determined on February 15, 2020, at approximately 9:56 p.m. the Newport Police Department and the Delaware State Police responded to a shooting at an apartment in the unit block of Bennett Court in the town limits of Newport. Police located a 15-year-old female gunshot victim at this residence where she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no suspect information at this time. This incident remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit and the Newport Police Department.

The Newport killing comes just hours after Troopers reported that they were investigating a shooting that occurred on the 4000 block of Ogletown Stanton Road in Newark at around 2:30 p.m., on Saturday.

The preliminary investigation in the first shooting determined that police located a 19-year-old male gunshot victim who arrived at the hospital, according to Bratz. Troopers have released few details surrounding either incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2729. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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