More gun violence in Wilmington

Police investigate a fatal shooting on E. 7th St. in downtown Wilmington early Tuesday morning. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on E. 7th St. in downtown Wilmington early Tuesday morning. (John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

Wilmington Police investigate two shootings from Tuesday night into early Wednesday. Police are also investigating a homicide in downtown Wilmington from early Tuesday morning. 

It’s been a violent start to 2017 in Wilmington, and Tuesday and Wednesday’s violence shows that trend is continuing. 

For the second time in a month and a half, Wilmington Police are investigating a homicide inside the city’s downtown business district. The latest incident happened just after midnight Tuesday morning near the E. 7th St. and Market St. Police found a 21-year-old man suffering gunshot wounds to the upper chest. He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the shooting does not appear to be a random act, adding that there was some sort of altercation between the victim and unknown suspects before the shooting. While police haven’t released any video evidence, there is a heavy presence of security cameras in the city’s downtown district.

Those cameras captured images related to the stabbing death of a Wilmington man in early December. Just days later, those images led to the arrest of 27-year-old Chaz Collazo on murder charges. 

City police are also investigating a pair of separate shootings. The first happened near the area of A and South Heald Streets. Officers responding to a call found the victim with a gunshot wound to the lower leg outside of the Wilmington Fire Station on New Castle Ave. The circumstance surrounding that shooting are still under investigation. 

Later that night, just after midnight, police found a 33-year-old victim suffering from several gunshot wounds in the 200-block of N. Rodney St. He was treated on the scene and taken to Christiana Hospital in critical but stable condition. 

On Tuesday, Delaware Governor John Carney talked about the importance of reducing crime in Wilmington during his inaugural address in Dover. “Wilmington residents and the tens of thousands who commute into the city deserve to feel safe and feel proud of where they live and work,” Carney said. “We all have a stake, and a compelling responsibility, to make Wilmington healthy again.”

Earlier this week, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced stepped up police efforts in response to the violent start to the year. He’s called for police to start working overtime patrols both in cars and on foot in hot spots for violence. “What has been happening over the last few weeks would border on the unbelievable if it were not so real, disturbing, disappointing and unacceptable,” Purzycki said.

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