DNREC Police Investigate Alleged Shooting

LAUREL – Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating an incident late Tuesday night in which a Maryland man was shot allegedly while in a vehicle in the Tussock Pond parking lot near Laurel.

The victim, a 28-year-old from Mardella Springs, Md., whose name was not released by Natural Resources Police, was a passenger in the parked vehicle. The driver of the vehicle told Natural Resources Police that he and the victim were approached by a male who brandished a handgun and demanded money. The driver told police that he quickly pulled out of the lot fleeing from the area, but his passenger was shot in the back as he sped away. The victim was driven to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., then flown to the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was listed today in serious but stable condition.

The suspect was described as possibly having dreadlocks, wearing a dark colored t-shirt with a graffiti style image of a clown, and who spoke with an accent. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lt. Carl Winckoski, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, at 302-739-6139.

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.

Media Contact: Sgt. John McDerby, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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