UPDATE: Arrests made in Del. high school fight

January 9, 2009 6:34:11 PM PST
Delaware State Police were on the scene of a fight at a local high school when a shot was fired. Delaware State Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with a fight outside a high school basketball game in which a trooper was injured.

Eighteen-year-old Siara Wynn of New Castle and 18-year-old Jasmine Holloway of Bear surrendered to troopers on Friday. Each was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer and other offenses. They were each released on $7,500 bond.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night at William Penn High School.

The school is located along the 700 block of East Basin Road in New Castle.

Officials tell Action News that after a high school basketball game between between William Penn High and Christiana High School, a fight broke out in the parking lot between William Penn students.

"The game for its part was very peaceful, no problems, no concerns or issues, however, as the game was letting out, there was a fight outside amongst some young ladies who go to school here, some students, and a young man," Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh of the Delaware State Police said.

5 State Troopers were already on the scene, assigned for standard security at the game, when the fight broke out in the parking lot.

Allegedly, the fight was over one student kissing the boyfriend of another student.

While trying to break up the fight, a 10-year-veteran of the State Police was seriously injured. The trooper was forced to the ground by several students and suffered a broken clavicle trying to break up the fight.

More troopers arrived on the scene and after several minutes, things seemed to be under control, until a shot was fired with troopers just yards away.

An 18-year-old male William Penn student was struck by the gunfire.

"He was able to maintain his composure, run back into the school and into the locker room to seek some help," Whitmarsh said.

Whitmarsh said the 18-year-old is in stable condition with his injuries not being life-threatening.

There is no word on arrests or a motive.

State Police note that the shooting and fight appear to be unrelated at this time.

Delaware State Police are asking with information to call the primary investigator at (302) - 834 - 2630 ext. 209.


Information from the Associated Press used in this report.