Police investigating second shooting in less than two weeks at Sonesta Suites in Newark

“Troopers located the vehicle in transport to the hospital and performed lifesaving first-aid until Emergency Medical Services arrived.,” said police spokesman Jason Hatchell.

NEWARK (DE): Police are investigating a second shooting at the Sonesta Suites in Newark in less than two weeks that has injured one person.

Police were called to the Sonesta Suites on Chapman Road in Newark just before 12:30 Saturday morning for reports of a shooting.

Troopers arrived at the hotel shortly after the shooting and began investigating. While troopers were investigating, they learned that a 21-year-old Claymont man was shot and en-route to a hospital in a private vehicle.

The victim didn’t get very far and “Troopers located the vehicle in transport to the hospital and performed lifesaving first-aid until Emergency Medical Services arrived.,” said police spokesman Jason Hatchell. “The victim was then transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a gunshot wound to his back and left arm.”

Investigators say the victim was at the hotel for a party in one of the rooms. While in the parking lot there were multiple gunshots, and the victim was struck twice.

Police say while there is no suspect information at this time, a total of 18 rounds were fired at the scene from four separate caliber firearms. Troopers also recovered a Smith and Wesson .38 special revolver at the scene.

This makes the second shooting at this hotel in less than two weeks. On Monday Auguest 10, 2020, just before 2:30 a.m., police were called to the hotel for a shooting and located three shell casings on the roadway in front of the hotel and no suspects or victims.

It’s unknown if the two incidents are related.

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