1 dead, several shot in violent Wilmington weekend

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Violent weekend in Wilmington. Vernon Odom reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on July 31, 2017. (WPVI)

Nearly a dozen people were shot, one fatally, over several days in Wilmington, Delaware.

Twenty-three-year-old David Bailey was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the 700 block of South Van Buren Street.

His cousin Dajour Bailey held a vigil at the murder scene Monday.

"That's how this city is. You can't really bring somebody back from that, but I love you, bro. It's only us," Dajour Bailey said.

David Bailey's murder began a staggering string of shootings all across Wilmington over the weekend.

By midnight Monday, police say there were nine shootings spread out in a total of six separate incidents.

Craftsmen were replacing the bullet-riddled glass in the door after it was hit with bullets Sunday night at the landmark Kingswood Community Center on Bowers Street.

The center was apparently not the target. On the same street, a motorist sitting at a stop sign was struck in the arm with a stray bullet.

The community center is an all-purpose agency that has served the area for more than 70 years.

"The access to guns, the use of social media to stir confrontation, I think the access is there; it's unfortunate," Logan Herring of the Kingswood Community Center said.

Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy called the weekend "very disappointing."

"We were starting to go in the right direction, but all these plans are for the long run and we have to sustain them. When these things happen, we have to make sure they don't continue, we get on top of them so there's no retaliatory shooting," Tracy said.

Many of the residents in Wilmington continue to be horrified by the violence that shows no sign of stopping.

"It's disheartening because it's senseless," resident Arlivia Howard said.

Chief Tracy says one arrest appears to be imminent in connection to the weekend violence.
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