30-year-old man shot in Wilmington adds to Delaware's gun violence spike




Esteban Parra - Delaware News Journal


A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot Monday night in Wilmington's Brandywine Village neighborhood.


Wilmington Police did not provide the man's medical condition, other than to say he was stable.


This is the 85th person shot in Wilmington so far this year – that's three fewer people wounded by gun violence in the city when compared to the same time period the prior year.


While Wilmington is seeing a drop in shootings, gun violence across Delaware is up.


There have seen 171 people shot so far this year in Delaware, 45 of them fatally. During the same time period last year, the state had seen 160 people shot, 27 of them fatally.


Last year was the most violent year for gunplay in the state since Delaware Online/The News Journal began keeping statewide shooting records in 2017.


The increase in gun violence is attributed to many of the same lingering issues that resulted in last year's shooting spike: social and financial inequality caused by the pandemic, dissolving relations between police and communities, joblessness, domestic violence and soaring gun ownership.


Wilmington Police said the city's latest shooting occurred about 10:10 p.m. in the unit block of W. 27th St.


Anyone with information about this incident should call Detective Brendan Shea at (302) 576-3649. Information can also be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.





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