More victims in Del. blow dart attacks

August 12, 2009 2:51:17 PM PDT
Two more victims have been reported in the "blow dart attacks" in Delaware.One of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, was hit in the hand on Route 40 in Bear on Monday. The injury was so severe, police say, that the teen will need surgery.

Also, police say, a 29-year-old woman was hit as she was jogging on Route 7, just north of Route 72, around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police go on to say these attacks happened before the two reported previously, but the recent publicity has prompted these victims to come foward.

"This has to be one of the strangest incidents of late and in the years I've been a state trooper I've never seen anything like this. It almost seems like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie," said Cpl. Jeffrey Whitmarsh of Delaware State Police said on Tuesday.

But this is no movie. The first victim police knew about was at 36-year-old man riding his bike northbound on Route 7 near the Shops of Limestone Hills on Tuesday morning when he felt a burning sensation in his leg.

"He looks down and he literally has a blow dart sticking out of his leg."

The victim rode to a nearby store and pulled the dart out.

"Its about 4-41/2 inches in length and about 3 inches of that dart was impaled in the victim."

After news of that attack spread, school teacher Katie Shannon, 27, called state police reporting she was shot in the back with a blow dart Monday night as she rode her bike along Ocheltree lane in Wilmington around 7:15 p.m.

That's when she said she felt a sharp pain.

"A truck passes and I get this sting in my back, and it hurt enough for me to be like, "Ow!" Shannon said.

Thinking it was debris from the road, she kept going until a friend she was riding with noticed the dart in her back.

Even then, she wasn't sure it was intentional until she saw reports of other victims on the news.

Now, she's getting tested for HIV and tetanus, not knowing what could be on the needle.

"Next week I'm going to go in and get blood work. But that's what I'm scared about, not knowing," said Shannon.

Police have no suspects and very few leads but both victims report seeing a pickup truck drive by shortly after being shot.

"Not everybody in a pickup truck is a suspect," Whitmarsh said. "But it's something people can start honing in on and paying attention to."

State police are very concerned and want to catch whoever is responsible before someone is seriously injured or even killed.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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