KFC shooting is first Newark PD homicide case since Wheeler death

 Police investigate a fatal shooting outside KFC in Newark. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Police investigate a fatal shooting outside KFC in Newark. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Newark police are handling their first homicide case in nearly four years.

Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a KFC restaurant on Thursday evening.

The incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. in the fast-food restaurant’s parking lot on Marrows Road.

The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A light colored SUV and a four dour sedan were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting.

Excluding vehicular homicides, this is the first homicide case Newark police have investigated since the mysterious 2010 death of John “Jack” Wheeler III.

Wheeler, a former Pentagon official and presidential aide, was last seen alive in Wilmington on Dec. 30, 2010. His body was found in a dumpster at the Cherry Island landfill. Investigators believe Wheeler’s body had been placed in a Newark dumpster before it was taken to the Wilmington landfill.

Anyone with information should contact the Newark Police Department. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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