Two Women Shot At Sussex County Halloween Party, One Fatally

The Delaware State Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into a fatal shooting that occurred late last night in the parking lot of a strip mall in Selbyville. The incident left a 21-year-old woman dead and another woman injured.

According to authorities, troopers were dispatched to the scene at 36334 Dupont Boulevard at approximately 11:56 p.m. on October 28, 2023, following reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they observed several vehicles hastily leaving the area and discovered multiple shell casings scattered across the parking lot.

Shortly after the initial response, a 21-year-old woman from Milford was reported to have arrived at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. She was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of her family and relatives. A second victim, a 30-year-old woman from Seaford, was also privately transported to a nearby hospital, where she received treatment for a gunshot wound to her upper extremity and was later released.

Preliminary findings from the investigation indicate that a Halloween party was being held at a business within the strip mall. A fight erupted during the event, leading to attendees being asked to disperse. The altercation spilled into the parking lot, where an unidentified suspect produced a handgun and opened fire. The two victims were not participants in the fight. The 21-year-old victim was in the process of reaching her car when she was shot in the upper torso. The 30-year-old victim was inside her car when it was struck by bullets.

Following the shooting, the crowd dispersed, and the unidentified suspect left the scene in an unspecified direction.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the case. Authorities are urging anyone with information related to this incident to contact Detective A. Bluto at 302-741-2859.