Boy shot and killed in Wilmington’s Harlan Park neighborhood identified

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Another child is dead after being shot in the city’s Harlan Park neighborhood Tuesday night, police say.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting that has claimed the life of yet another child in the city’s Harlan Park neighborhood.

Police say the shooting occurred just before 6:00 p.m. in the 500 block of W. 35th street.

Patrol officers arrived at the scene to find a 14-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. After being treated by EMS and New Castle County Paramedics, the child was transported to a local area hospital where he died.

At the scene, a bicycle laid nearby and investigators seemed to be focused on a specific vehicle analyzing it for possible evidence. 

On Wednesday, police identified the child as Christopher Smith.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Steven Bender at (302) 576-3621. You can also provide information to Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or

The Wilmington Police Department Victim Services Unit is available to provide support, information and referrals to those who are victims of crime, and can be reached at (302) 576-3622. Additionally, the WPD Youth Response Unit is available to provide free counseling and services to children and their families who have been exposed to potentially traumatizing events, and can be reached at (302) 576-3183.


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