Shootings mar Wilmington Games

August 8, 2009 3:36:36 PM PDT
Police are investigating a triple shooting at a community event in Wilmington.Wilmington Police detectives are investigating two separate shootings that occurred Saturday near one another and within moments of each other during the "Wilmington Games" antiviolence event.

The first incident occurred at approximately 1:22 p.m. near the intersection of 26th and Pine Streets in the grass area just inside Brown, Burton & Winchester Park.

Officers working the assignment of the "Wilmington Games" heard what sounded like 4 to 5 shots being fired away from the games area, closer to 26th & Pine.

There, they located an 18-year-old victim of a shooting, suffering from a single gunshot wound to his right thigh.

The victim was transported to the Christian Hospital where he is in good condition.

There was no indication that the incident was related to any of the festivities in the park, so as the investigation was continuing, the games continued.

At approximately 2:19 pm, a second shooting occurred within the confines of the park just south of 26th Street and Speakman Place. In that incident, officers heard a single shot ring out and located a 22-year-old Wilmington man suffering from a single gunshot wound to his right ankle. Also injured as a result of the gunfire was a 6-year-old New Castle girl who was standing nearby.

The 6-year-old sustained a wound to her abdomen from what may have been a ricochet off the pavement, but it is unclear what the object may have been.

The 22-year-old victim was transported to the Christiana Hospital and is in good condition. The 6-year-old victim was transported to A.I. Children's Hospital and is also in good condition. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

As a result of the second shooting, all festivities were canceled for the remainder of the day and the park is now clear.

There is currently no suspect information and detectives are actively in the area investigating.

Anyone with information regarding this crime, please contact detective Michael Gifford at 302-576-3640.

Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-333 3 or on line at