Wilmington, Delaware records 16th homicide of 2011

Wilmington police are investigating the shooting death of a 39-year-old man over the weekend.

Detectives say Ernie Cole of Wilmington was found lying on the sidewalk at East 17th Streets and North Thatcher Streets at 2:36 a.m. Sunday.  Cole was shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. 

Police have no information on possible suspects or a motive for the killing.  Anyone who can assist in the investigation is asked to call 302-576-3649, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com.

This was the 16th reported homicide in Wilmington so far this year.  Last year, a record was set with 27 homicides in Wilmington.

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