17-year-old shot Saturday afternoon is city's 10th victim

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Tony Valuez - Valuez TV


A 17-year-old who was shot on North Washington Street in Wilmington Saturday afternoon is the 10th person to be shot in eight days, capping a violent week that elicited a statement from the city's mayor on Friday.


Wilmington police were called to the the 2200 block of N. Washington St., which is where it intersects with 22nd Street, just before 4:15 p.m. Saturday for reports of the shooting, police said.


There, they found the 17-year-old injured, and had him taken to a local hospital. He's listed in stable condition.


Police have not released additional information about the incident, but it closes a violent eight days for Wilmington, which saw 10 people shot, two fatally, in seven separate shootings.


On Friday, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki issued a statement addressing the violence, saying city officials are "making every effort" to reduce gun violence in the city.


“Every crime-fighting tool available is being used every day by the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department to remove guns from our streets and to arrest those illegally carrying guns — all in an effort to prevent gun-related crime from occurring,” Purzycki said.


He said, however, that even the best police force "will not be totally effective against illegal guns, especially in the hands of repeat offenders who, in some cases have been victims of gun violence and then turn around and shoot others."


Purzycki also blamed "a seemingly unstoppable and powerful national gun lobby, entrenched poverty, lack of education and housing and untreated physical and mental health issues" as drivers of gun violence.


Prior to Saturday afternoon's shooting, the last person to have been shot in the city was on Thursday, which occurred outside the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club.


The night before, three men ages 16, 19 and 23 were shot on the East Side, and on Sunday, two men were killed in a double homicide.


Anyone with information about Saturday's shooting is asked to contact Wilmington police Det. Brendan Wham at (302) 576-3661.


Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes

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