Police Update: Hockessin, Del. homicide not ‘random’

     A photo of the victim, Shazim Uppal. (Shazim Uppal/Facebook)

    A photo of the victim, Shazim Uppal. (Shazim Uppal/Facebook)

    Investigators find “substantial” amount of marijuana in victim’s car.

    As the homicide investigation of Shazim Uppal continues, New Castle County Police say a substantial amount of marijuana was uncovered in the Uppal’s car – leading police to believe his death was not a “random act of violence”.

    On Monday evening New Castle County Police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle sitting idle in a parking lot at Genesis Healthcare, a nursing home in Hockessin, Del.

    After assessing the scene and entering the 2007 black Audi A8, police found a deceased man with gunshot wounds in his upper torso, later identified as 27 year-old Shazim Uppal.

    Investigators are continuing to search for information about Uppal’s activities between 10:00 p.m. Sunday, 8/23, into the early morning hours of Monday, 8/24, in the areas surrounding Pike Creek, Delaware and Concordville, Pennsylvania.

    In addition to asking the public for any video surveillance that may have captured Uppal’s activities, the New Castle County Police and Delaware Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000.

    The police encourage anyone with information to contact Detective J. Ziemba of the New Castle County Police Department via e-mail at JZiemba@nccde.org or by phone at (302) 395-8068.

    A toll-free tip line is also available: 1-800-847-3333.

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