Man killed in early morning shooting outside Newark-area tavern


Jeff Neilburg

A 26-year-old Wilmington man was killed in an early Saturday morning shooting in a shopping center parking lot near Newark, New Castle County Police said.

Police said officers responded to the Shoppes of Village Square on Marrows Road around 12:47 a.m. after a report of shots fired.

Police said Melvin Collins and one other person were shot. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene, which was located outside of Famous Bob's Tavern, where a crowd was gathered in the parking lot.

The second shooting victim, an unnamed man, was transported to a local area hospital and police said he is in stable condition.

Police did not release any additional information and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Michael McNasby at (302) 395-8110.

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