Typically inner city: thugs shoot into the crowd. Untypically: the crowd shoots back


Wilmington police continue to investigate an afternoon shooting in Eden Park off New Castle Avenue that left one man dead and four others wounded.

The shooting spree at a soccer tournament at Eden Park in Wilmington has claimed the life of one of the suspected shooters, city police said.

Capt. Nancy Dietz said three men began firing into a crowd about 2:30 p.m. today while a soccer tournament was happening at the park. Three people were wounded, she said, and some people in the crowd returned fire – wounding two of the suspects.

The suspects fled in a vehicle, which crashed a few blocks away at New Castle Avenue and C Street. Two suspects ran but were found by patrol officers and a canine in a vacant lot at B and Bradford streets, Dietz said.

The suspect who stayed in the vehicle had been shot multiple times and was later pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital.

One victim is in critical condition, while the other two are stable, Dietz said.

Police have not released the names of the suspects or the victims.

The victims were: a 16-year-old boy from Pike Creek who was shot in the head, a 47-year-old man from New Castle who was shot in the chest, and a 34-year-old man from Baltimore who was shot in the shoulder.

This afternoon’s shooting follows a fatal shooting about 4 a.m. today near 13th and French streets.

Police did not release the identities of the suspects or victims in either shooting.

Dietz also said they have not determined if there is any connection in the two shootings.

Wilmington and New Castle County police, as well as a state police helicopter, were on the scene.

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