Police identify man who died after being shot in the head in Wilmington

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Man dies after being shot in the head in Wilmington’s Hilltop neighborhood Sunday morning

WILMINGTON (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA, PHOTOJOURNALIST: Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting in Wilmington’s Hilltop neighborhood that claimed the life of a 20-Year-Old man Sunday morning.

Police say they are investigating the fatal shooting that occurred just before 2:00 a.m. in the 1500 block of West 3rd Street. 

According to Police, Patrol officers located the 20-year-old man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was treated on the scene by EMS and New Castle County Paramedics before being transported to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

On Sunday afternoon, police identified him as Marquis Lopez Jr.

Police did not say where the man was shot but according to on-scene emergency communications from New Castle County Paramedics, the man was shot in the head.

Police released no other details about the shooting and cited, “This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible.”

As temperatures nearly dropped to a feel of 40°, Investigators worked the crime scene, where evidence markers laid collecting evidence, taking measurements, and gathering leads and any possible suspect or witnesses.

N. Clayton Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street remained closed as investigators completed their investigation. W. 3rd Street from N. Clayton to N. Rodney Street, where investigators were mostly focused on was also closed for a period of time.

To date, there has been 95 shooting incidents in the city of Wilmington in which 26 of those being fatal and 97 injured as a result of the rising gun violence in the city.

If you have any information about this incident police are encouraging you to contact Detective Joseph Wicks (302) 576-3654.  You can also provide information to Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delawarecrimestoppers.org.

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.

George Shea is a Delaware Newsline Digital Broadcast Journalist and has an emphasis on crime and social justice. Contact him at gshea@delawarenewsline.com. Follow him on Twitter @denewsline. Like and follow Delaware Newsline on Facebook to get the latest stories.


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