Wilmington police identify man killed in Monday evening shooting


Isabel Hughes

Wilmington police have identified the 37-year-old man killed Monday evening on East 13th Street as Andre Hickson.

Officers were called to the 800 block of the street at 6:09 p.m. for reports of the shooting, police said. On scene, officers found Hickson badly injured.

Paramedics took the 37-year-old to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. Police have not made any arrests in connection with Hickson's murder.

Hickson's death capped a violent four days in Delaware, which saw 12 people shot, five fatally. Six of the people shot in the state were injured or killed in Wilmington.

In light of the violence, local community members and activists are begging for an end to the violence — while also saying the community needs to step up.

"We have to build structure in our community, it has to start here," Joey Harrison, a community activist and anti-violence activist, said Tuesday. "If we don't start here, we'll (keep) dying.

"These last few days, it's been real bloodshed."

Tanya Lea, a Wilmington native who has lost friends to gun violence, said the community needs to heal before the violence will stop.

"There are some areas of our lives that we have to heal because as children we were crushed, and now we are repeating the cycle of crushing our own children," Lea said. "It's OK to seek a therapist to get healed, it's OK to go to church to get healed, it's OK to seek a higher power to heal.

"It is so that you don't bleed on your children and then they bleed on a society or bleed on their own children."

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