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$7,500 Reward Offered In Shooting Of 9-Month-Old

County officials have announced a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for shooting two people on November 4, including a 9-month-old toddler in the neighborhood of Rosegate.

On Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of Rose Lane, in the community of Rosegate for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.

When the officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old man and his 9-month-old son both suffering from gunshot wounds.  Both victims were transported to a local area hospital.  The infant was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the upper body.  His father is also being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower torso.

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Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived on scene and assumed the investigation.  The detectives learned that the victim and his two sons were seated in a parked vehicle on Rose Lane, when the vehicle was struck multiple times by gunfire.  A two-year-old boy who was also in the vehicle was not struck.

“I am deeply disturbed and angered by the recent shooting of a small boy and his father in the Rosegate community,” said County Executive Meyer. “Violence of any kind, but especially violence against a young child, will not stand in New Castle County. Our dedicated New Castle County Police detectives are working around the clock to bring this shooter to justice, and our hope is this reward will encourage someone to come forward with critical information.”

“We are saddened that these criminals continue to ravage our communities with violent acts,” said Col. Vaughn Bond. “Now they have reached a new low shooting a toddler. The police and community must unite to identify these criminals and arrest them. If we don’t then the shootings will continue with more innocent people being injured or killed.”

“The violence in our communities must stop,” said Councilman Jea Street. “To shoot a child, not even a single-year-old, is unthinkable. We hope this reward will get someone to come forward and lead to an arrest. I believe that we must use all of our resources to get extremely dangerous people off the street and have them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Anyone with information and/or video pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Det. DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at David.DiNardo@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

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