County officials offering reward for information in connection with shooting of toddler

New Castle, DE – New Castle, DE – County officials have announced a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for shooting two people on November 4, including a 9-month-old toddler in the neighborhood of Rosegate.

Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Rosegate community.

Officers found the two victims in the unit block of Rose Lane after being dispatched to the area for a report of a shooting.

“When the officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old man and his 9-month-old son both suffering from gunshot wounds.,” said police spokesman Michel Eckerd. “Both victims were transported to a local area hospital.

The toddler is listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the upper body.  His father is also being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower torso., Eckerd said.

“I am deeply disturbed and angered by the recent shooting of a small boy and his father in the Rosegate community,” said County Executive Meyer. “Violence of any kind, but especially violence against a young child, will not stand in New Castle County. Our dedicated New Castle County Police detectives are working around the clock to bring this shooter to justice, and our hope is this reward will encourage someone to come forward with critical information.”

“We are saddened that these criminals continue to ravage our communities with violent acts,” said Col. Vaughn Bond. “Now they have reached a new low shooting a toddler. The police and community must unite to identify these criminals and arrest them. If we don’t then the shootings will continue with more innocent people being injured or killed.”

“The violence in our communities must stop,” said Councilman Jea Street. “To shoot a child, not even a single year old, is unthinkable. We hope this reward will get someone to come forward and lead to an arrest. I believe that we must use all of our resources to get extremely dangerous people off the street and have them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”


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Anyone with information and/or video pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Det. DiNardo at 302-395-8110 or by e-mail at or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800 or via messenger on Facebook.

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Citizens can submit a tip via our website here (IM) on the New Castle County Division of Police Facebook page. Citizens can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and your tip. You can also submit a tip via our website at Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police.

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Additionally, if you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.


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