Police: Three Wilmington Teens Shot In Elkton Found In Stolen Cars From New Jersey

On March 18, 2021, at approximately 3:00 AM, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls for subjects committing thefts from motor vehicles in the areas of the Persimmon Creek and West Creek Village Apartment neighborhoods.

While deputies were responding to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office received several additional calls for shots fired in the area of Fletchwood Road and West Creek Village Drive Elkton. Deputies were then dispatched to the 900 block of Elk Mills Road for reported shooting victims at that location.

When deputies arrived, they observed a vehicle reported stolen through New Jersey with seven occupants, six identified as juveniles. The adult occupant was identified as an 18-year-old male who had an outstanding warrant in Pennsylvania, police said Thursday.

Deputies made contact with two juvenile females who were suffering from gunshot wounds. The first victim was identified as a 15-year-old female from Wilmington, Delaware who had been shot in the facial area. The second victim was identified as a 14-year-old female from Wilmington, Delaware who had been shot in the leg. Deputies also observed that the vehicle had been damaged from apparent gunfire.

Deputies were then notified that an additional gunshot victim was located at Cherry Hill Plaza in the unit block of Beauchamp Road Elkton. Deputies responded to that location and observed a single occupant inside a vehicle that was also reported stolen through New Jersey. The vehicle also had visual damage from apparent gunfire. The occupant was also suffering from a gunshot wound. The occupant was identified as a 15-year-old male from Wilmington, Delaware who had been shot in the arm. Deputies learned that other occupants of the vehicle had fled the area prior to their arrival. All of the gunshot victims were transported to Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware where they received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicles were seized by Sheriff’s Office detective pursuant to the investigation. The initial investigation revealed that the occupants of both vehicles had traveled to the West Creek Village Drive area together from Wilmington, Delaware, according to police.

Information was obtained that an unknown vehicle approached both vehicles and fired several gunshots striking both vehicles and the victims. The 18-year-old male was charged as a fugitive from justice in reference to the outstanding warrant for theft in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The 18-year-old male was identified as Josiah Brown (black male, 18 years of age, 100 block of East 24th Street Wilmington, Delaware). Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies have also taken multiple theft and attempted theft complaints from residents in the Persimmon Creek and West Creek Village Apartment neighborhoods.

The investigation into the triple shooting, the stolen vehicles, and the thefts from motor vehicles is ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to this incident can contact Detective Tyler Price at (410) 392 2124.

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