A 15-year-old boy was shot twice Monday night as he was leaving an Ogletown skating center that has experienced its troubles with fights and disturbances.
The teen had just left the Christiana Skating Center, located at 801 Christiana Road, and was walking in the parking lot toward an awaiting vehicle that was going to take him home, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin, a Delaware State Police spokesman.
That's when someone fired several gunshots, striking the boy in the legs. The boy was taken to Christiana Hospital by private vehicle where he was treated for an injury that was not life-threatening, Austin said.
"There were no other reported injuries as a result of the incident and no known suspects at this time," Austin said.
Rev. Derrick "Pastor D" Johnson, who was with the boy at the hospital until early Tuesday, told Delaware Online/The News Journal the boy was not the intended target. Johnson called on state and local lawmakers to get people with knowledge of the community involved to try and solve Delaware's gun violence.
"It's time that the governor and mayor of Wilmington listen to those of us with knowledge and experience in this area," Johnson said. "The mayor should at least meet with our delegation on the number of guns available to our young people in the community."
More than 170 people have been shot statewide so far this year, according to Delaware Online's shooting database. Of those victims, 16% of them were under the age of 18. More than 60% of Delaware's gunshot victims, so far this year, have been wounded in Wilmington.
On Monday, police and other first responders could be seen outside the skating center. Some of the officers carried flashlights and searched the parking lot where at least six evidence markers could be seen on the ground.
Also a group of bystanders was outside the center, which last year experienced a large fight that caused the business to shut down on Saturday nights until staff was sure it was a safe place for customers.
In September of last year, fights erupted inside and outside the center involving at least 100 youth.
One adult was charged after fighting with a New Castle County Police officer, and a child got punched in the head inside the skating rink, police said.
Other fights and disturbances at the rink have popped up on occasion over the past years, including a brutal fight in November 2015 that was caught on video and led to charges against two girls, and another brawl in April 2016 between teens there.