Wilmington Police: Man critically wounded in West Center City neighborhood shooting


Esteban Parra

A 21-year-old man was critically wounded after being shot in Wilmington's West Center City neighborhood early Thursday, police said. 

This year is looking to be the second most violent year on record since Delaware Online/The News Journal has been tracking gun shootings in Wilmington. 

There have been 78 people shot, 11 fatally, so far this year in Delaware's largest city. No other year has seen this much gun violence midway through the year except for 2017, which was the city's most violent year on record with a total of 197 people shot, 32 of them fatally. 

At this time in 2017, 112 people had been shot – 20 of them fatally. 

Officers were dispatched about 1:25 a.m. to the 600 block of North Madison Street for a report of a shooting, Wilmington Police said. 

Arriving officers found the wounded man, who was then taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Wilmington Police did not release further details on the shooting, but officers could be seen canvassing streets adjacent to Helen Chambers Playground and William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center early Thursday. 

Several evidence cones could be seen at the intersection of West Sixth and North Monroe streets. There are also reports that at least 20 shell casings were scattered throughout the area police were searching. 

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Wilmington Police Detective Charles Puit at (302) 576-3628. People can also provide information to Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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