Woman killed, gunman dead in shooting at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery

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Gunman found dead who shot two people in Bear, Delaware
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The gunman who shot two people at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery was found dead Friday, police say.

BEAR, Delaware (WPVI) -- An elderly woman was shot and killed while visiting a cemetery with her husband Friday morning and the suspected gunman was found dead in a nearby wooded area hours later, Delaware State Police said.

The shooting took place around 10 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.

State police, EMS, and several other agencies responded to the scene.

Police found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

Delaware State Police Senior Corporal Heather Pepper said the 85-year-old woman from Elkton, Maryland was pronounced dead at the scene. The 86-year-old man remains hospitalized.

Manny Vivar, who lives in the neighborhood next to the cemetery, said he got a knock on his door Friday morning from the state police.

"They told us stay in place or evacuate," said Vivar.

It turns out, immediately after the shooting, the suspect ran through the woods and came out near his home.

Just a few yards away, authorities said there was a gunfight between state police and the suspect.

"It was real rapid like 'pow, pow, pow, pow, pow,'" said Vivar.

It appeared the windshield of a police armored truck was shattered, but no officers were hurt.

According to Delaware State Police, the suspect was found dead in the wooded area where the exchange of gunfire took place.

Officials said he was a 29-year-old male from Middletown, Delaware. At this point, police said the motive is unclear.

They're also still trying to figure out if the suspect and victims even knew each other.

During Gov. John Carney's bi-weekly COVID-19 update to the state, he took a moment to reflect on the shooting that was unfolding in real-time.

"Really sad news to think of that kind of event in what is really a sacred ground, the final resting place of the men and women who have served our country," Carney said.