One critically injured after gunshots ring out in Wilmington park

One critically injured after gunshots ring out in Wilmington park hosting softball  game with over 300 people.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: As dozens of people gathered for a fun filled day in a park at the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood, gunshots rang out, critically injuring one person.

Dozens of people were in the park adjacent to the community center, picnicking, socializing, and watching a softball game when the shots rang out.

Police say they were called to the area in the 2300 block of Bowers Street just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

When police arrived, officers located a 24-year-old man who was treated by EMS and New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to a local area hospital in critical condition.

Police released no other details about the shooting and said the incident remains under investigation.

“This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible.,” said Wilmington Police Communications Director, Dave Karas in a press release.

The shooting marks the 71st shooting incident this year. 14 of those shot this year have died as a result of the growing gun violence in Wilmington. In this month alone, Wilmington has seen 19 shooting incidents.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brendan Shea (302) 576-3649. 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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