Latest Wilmington murder puts homicide rate close to 2010 record

Wilmington is closing in on a record number of homicides for 2011. The record was set in 2010

The latest murder comes just after 3pm Monday. Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the 100 block of South Jackson Ave. It took place at A Head of the Game Barber Shop. When police arrived on the scene they found a man, believed to be in his 30’s, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead on the scene by New Castle County paramedics.

Update: The victim was identified Wednesday as 45 year old Kenneth Jackson of Middletown. 

Police are hoping anyone with any information will contact Wilmington Police Detective Shane Sowden at 302-576-3603. They could also leaves tips with Delaware Crime Stoppers at1-800-TIP-333 3 or on line at .

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Unofficially, this puts the yearly homicide total at 24. Last year the number topped 27. These latest murders come after a state sponsored gun buy back program. The state put up money to buy back guns in the hopes of reducing the number of shootings in Wilmington.

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