County Chief Asking For Community’s Help After Wednesday Slaying Near Belvedere

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the area of the 300 block of Cedar Avenue, in the community of Cedar Heights for the report of a shooting.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a victim, described only as a black male,  who suffered from a gunshot wound to the upper body.  Officers on scene attempted to render first-aid, however, the victim had already succumbed to his wound.

Responding medical crews were alerted that the patient had succumbed to his injuries. Officers asked for New Castle County Paramedics to continue into the scene. Upon their arrival medics made contact with a doctor at Christiana Hospital.  After the medics consulted with the doctor and explained the patient’s condition the patient was pronounced deceased at the scene.

County officers were observed canvassing the surrounding neighborhoods,  speaking with witnesses, and gathering video surveillance.

Officials said Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations have assumed the investigation.

“It is difficult to describe the anger and frustration of yet another young man who has lost his life to a senseless act of violence,” stated Col. Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. “The suspect(s) responsible for this crime must be identified and apprehended; however, the police can’t do it alone. The young victim leaves behind a devastated family who deserves to know what occurred and who is responsible for murdering their loved one. To withhold information only serves to intensify the excruciating pain that this family is experiencing so I am pleading for anyone with information to provide it to us anonymously.”

Anyone with information and/or video pertaining to this investigation or who was in the area of the 300 block of Cedar Avenue between 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m, this date, is asked to contact Det. DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at [email protected].