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County Police Confirm Water Tower Was Damaged By Gunfire, Asking For Tips

On Friday, May 1, 2020, at approximately 10:50 P.M. Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police responded to the area of Washington Avenue in reference to a shots fired call, according to a New Castle County Police Spokesman.

Officials said once the officers arrived to the area, they learned that the SUEZ water tower located at 117 Washington Ave, Wilmington, had been struck. Upon closer examination, it was discovered that the water tower had two holes which caused a leak from it. At this time, the structural integrity of the tower is intact and there is no immediate threat to the neighboring communities.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Breaking Report

Brandywine – Police are investigating gunfire that apparently left a water tower damaged overnight.

At around 10:30 last evening, Friday, May 1, New Castle County Police responded to the Stratford Apartments located at 3120 Naamans Road for reports of shots fired, according to residents in the complex.

One resident said arriving police canvased the area with their flashlights looking for evidence and left the area.

At around 11:30 residents said they heard another round of gunfire. This time the sound of the rounds hitting the tower was very loud and vibrated nearby windows. It’s not clear if police responded to the second round of gunfire.

Crews with Suez Water were called out to the scene at 11:45 to assess the damage. At least two shots appear to have struck the tower causing it to leak water heavily, according to the crews on scene.

The water tower will have to be taken offline to repair the damage according to Suez.

This is a developing story.


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