Troopers Release Additional Details In William Penn HS Lockdown

Delaware State Police are investigating a gunshot fired inside the William Penn High School that occurred late Tuesday morning.

On January 10, 2023, at approximately 11:40 a.m., the School Resource Officer of William Penn High School located at 713 East Basin Road, New Castle, was alerted of a potential gunshot inside of a second-floor bathroom at the school. The School Resource Officer responded to the location and observed signs that a round struck the interior of the bathroom. There were no injuries reported.

Further investigation revealed a suspect ran from the rear of the school towards the football stadium. A search of the area led to the discovery of a Glock handgun. This remains an active investigation. The number of suspects and their involvement is still being determined.

The school will be closed for the remainder of the week to allow time for the investigation to be completed.


Delaware State Police are investigating a gunshot fired inside William Penn High School located at 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle. No injuries were reported, and there is no active threat to the school.  While conducting the investigation, troopers searched the exterior of the school and discovered a handgun on the property.  The investigation remains active and ongoing, and updates will be provided when made available.

Original Story

Delaware State Police are currently conducting a criminal investigation at William Penn High School located at 713 E. Basin Road, New Castle. As a result, there is an increased police presence in the area. There are no injuries and there is no active threat to the school. We ask the public to please avoid the area. Parents do not respond to the school.

FSU has been told that two shots went off during a fight in a bathroom at the school shortly before 11:30. Police have not confirmed those details. No medical crews have been dispatched to the scene.

It is anticipated that there will be a regular dismissal of the students.

At this time, there is an active and ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released once made available.

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