Brandon Holveck Via Delaware News Journal
Police agencies across the state investigated at least three apparent shootings Saturday night and early Sunday.
The shootings continued one of the most violent weeks in Delaware this year. At least 13 people have been shot in the past five days. Of them, four have died.
Quentin Rutherford, 22, died after being shot in Middletown early Sunday, according to a press release issued by Middletown Police. Rutherford was shot near East Lake and Jefferson Streets some time before 3:40 a.m., Lt. Thomas Lancaster said.
He was taken to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Lancaster said.
New Castle County Police investigated two incidents Saturday night.
Investigators were seen at Polk Road and Rodney Drive in the Edgemoor Gardens neighborhood near Route 13 and I-495 around 9 p.m. They placed multiple evidence markers in the area.
County police and paramedics were later seen at Hunters Crossing apartments in Ogletown, where two apparent shooting victims were found dead in the parking lot around 9:30 p.m.
New Castle County Police have not publicly commented on either incident as of 11:30 a.m., more than 12 hours after they occurred.
More people have been shot in Delaware in 2020 than in any year since Delaware Online/The News Journal began tracking gun shootings statewide in 2017. This year, 237 people have been injured and 63 have been killed by gunfire in Delaware.
From Wednesday to early Saturday, police investigated eight shootings statewide from Claymont to Milford.
Early Saturday morning, a Pennsylvania state trooper shot a 17-year-old boy from Wilmington who had stolen a vehicle with three other teens and led police on a highway chase from Pennsylvania into Delaware.
The chase ended around 3:30 a.m. when the stolen vehicle crashed into a berm in the media.
The 17-year-old, who police said was treated at two hospitals for an apparent graze wound to the left thigh and a contusion to his head, and a 13-year-old boy who had a loaded gun, were taken into custody.
A 20-year-old woman was shot Friday night outside the Walmart near Route 40 in Wilton.
New Castle County Police said officers found the woman inside the store after responding to multiple calls for a shooting. Fourteen vehicles and three houses were also struck by gunfire, police said. The woman was taken to a hospital by ambulance, treated and released, police said.
The night before, a 38-year-old Milford police officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Delaware was shot by a suspect in a motel parking lot near Rehoboth Beach shortly before 8 p.m. The suspect, a 37-year-old wanted for attempted murder in Pennsylvania, was then shot and killed by a Delaware State Police trooper.
Three men — ages 19, 20 and 24 — were injured in a shooting on Boulden Circle near a New Castle industrial park around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
That afternoon around 2 p.m., a juvenile and a 29-year-old were shot in the community of Rosegate near New Castle. The 29-year-old died. Less than an hour earlier, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed in Wilmington.
A 27-year-old Newark man was shot Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. while driving on I-95 near Churchmans Road in Christiana. About an hour earlier, a 19-year-old man was shot in Wilmingtonand was taken to a hospital in critical condition.