Five people shot over 12 hours in Wilmington's north side neighborhoods


Karl Baker

Five people were shot over a bloody 12-hour stretch Thursday evening into Friday morning, all within Wilmington neighborhoods north of the Brandywine.

Gunfire first erupted just before 5 p.m. near 23rd and North Washington streets, resulting in an 18-year-old man being taken to the hospital in stable condition. As police investigated, neighbors counted at least 13 evidence markers near a driveway, indicating a barrage of bullets. 

Less than seven hours later, another shooting occurred about five blocks from the previous incident. Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the residential street along East 24th Street.

The victim, a 36-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Investigators on the scene appeared to focus on evidence next to parked cars along the street and in front of a house. 

Hours later, gunfire occurred again about nine blocks from the second incident. The early morning shooting, near Vandever Avenue and Locust Street, left a 27-year-old woman in critical condition.

Two men, 42 years old and 19 years old, were listed in stable condition after they also suffered gunshot wounds.

The violence happened two days after a 34-year-old man died after being shot less than a block from Thursday's incident on Vandever Avenue.

Police have not said whether they believe the shootings are related.  

In total, at least eight people have been shot in Delaware's largest city during the previous four days, all but two in Wilmington's north side.

Late Tuesday, two teens suffered gunshot wounds from an incident in the city's Hilltop neighborhood.   

All shootings are being investigated, Wilmington police have said in statements. 

Anyone with information should contact detectives at (302) 576-3633 or Delaware

Crime Stoppers at ‪(800) TIP-3333 or ‪at

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