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State Police charge Juvenile in connection with Salem Village shooting

Police are searching for two suspects following a shooting that injured a 19-Year-Old woman in the Salem Village Square Shopping Center in Newark Thursday afternoon.

NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police say they have arrested a 16-year-old male juvenile, of Newark, for felony assault and weapons charges following a shooting last Thursday at Salem Village Square Shopping Center that injured a 19-Year-Old female.

Investigators determined the identity of the shooter, a 16-year-old male suspect.

On July 6, 2021, officers from New Castle County Police Department located the 16-year-old suspect and took him into custody without incident.

The investigation into the shooting began Thursday July 2, 2021 when troopers were summoned to the Cigarette Outlet located in the Salem Village Square Shopping Center for a report of a shooting that had occurred.

Investigators say the two male suspects were inside the store and was approached by a 19-Year-Old female who began arguing with the two men. The three took the argument outside where at least one of the suspects retrieved a handgun from a vehicle parked in the fire lane, began firing at the victim, then fled the scene.

The victim was treated and released at an area hospital for a graze wound to her lower extremity.

Police said there were no other injuries and investigators located five spent shell casings at scene. 

While in police custody the suspect was charged with Assault 2nd Degree (Felony), Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Juvenile (Felony), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), and Criminal Mischief. He was arraigned in the New Castle Family Court and committed to the New Castle County Juvenile Detention Center on $100,000 cash bond.

Delaware State Police is still seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the second suspect.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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