Police: Suspect in shooting outside Smyrna Middle School involved in 2nd homicide

SMYRNA, Delaware (WPVI) -- Delaware State Police are investigating two deadly shootings that happened Tuesday morning at separate locations, including one in the parking lot of Smyrna Middle School.

Troopers responded to the school at about 10:25 a.m. and found a 38-year-old woman had been shot.

According to investigators, the woman and the 47-year-old male suspect arrived at the school together in the wife's vehicle to pick up their daughter for a medical appointment.

Police said the couple argued outside of the car before the suspect pulled the victim into the vehicle and shot her. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The school was placed on lockdown while authorities searched for the suspect. No students or staff were injured.

According to police, the suspect left the school parking lot in the vehicle but ended up switching into another vehicle that was registered to him and parked nearby.

Troopers located the suspect's vehicle at about 11 a.m. near Route 13 and Route 42 and a pursuit began. The suspect led police into Maryland and ultimately shot himself and crashed near Galena, Md., authorities said.


The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, troopers learned of a second victim who was an acquaintance of the female victim.

Officers then responded to the 800 block of Monrovia Avenue in the McLane Gardens Apartments to check on the welfare of a 21-year-old woman. Officers found the woman inside her home with apparent gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

They identified the 21-year-old victim as Dee Dominick-Dalton, a close friend of the couple.

Neighbors said they don't know why Dee was at the couple's home on Tuesday.

They noted that victim's husband had been living elsewhere while the couple worked out some issues.

Neighbors said the couple does leave behind several children.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Yeich at 302-741-2703 or Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
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