Monday's shooting marks 13th juvenile wounded by gunfire so far this month in Wilmington

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Esteban Parra


A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded Monday after being shot while in Wilmington's East Side neighborhood. 


The incident marks the 13th person under the age of 18 to be shot in Wilmington so far this month. Out of the 24 people shot so far in July, more than half of them have been minors. 


The last three people shot in Wilmington have been younger than Monday's shooting victim. Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were shot on Friday in the Riversidecommunity and a 14-year-old boy was found shot Sunday in the Hedgevilleneighborhood. 


Wilmington Police did not provide an explanation for the high number of youth been wounded by gunfire. 


"Our investigations into this incident and others this month remain ongoing at this time," Police  spokesman David Karas said in a statement. "As with any shooting incident, our investigators work to leverage intelligence and mobilize resources to identify those responsible and to prevent further violence, and we will continue to work closely with our partners throughout the criminal justice system."


On Monday, Wilmington officers were investigating a shooting that occurred about 4:50 p.m. in the area of 12th and Walnut streets. That's where officers found a wounded 17-year-old boy.

The shooting victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition. 


Wilmington Police did not release further details about the incident, but asked that anyone with information contact Detective Brandon Mosley at (302) 576-3646 or provide information to Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.


This July has been a particularly bad month for shootings. 


Wilmington has not seen this many shootings in a single month since January 2017. That month saw 24 people shot and was the start of Wilmington's most violent year for gun play with a record 197 people shot, 32 fatally. 


While this year is on tap to be the second most violent year for shootings since Delaware Online/The News Journal started keeping track of these incidents in 2011, there have been fewer people shot when compared to 2017 for the same time period. 


So far this year, 93 people have been shot in Wilmington – 11 fatally. For the same time period in 2017, 126 people had been shot, 22 fatally.

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