Victim shot in head and neck during robbery at New Castle Walmart

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Police: “The victim was struck multiple times and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for injuries to the head and neck.”

New Castle (DE) By Digital Staff: Delaware State Police say they have arrested a New Castle man who they say opened fire on a vehicle that was parked at the New Castle Walmart, striking the victim multiple times before fleeing.

Police say Ezekiel Tamba, 23, of New Castle is facing attempted murder and related charges following the Monday morning incident.

Troopers were dispatched to a shooting in the Walmart parking lot located at 117 Wilton Blvd. New Castle on January 10, 2022 at around 11:46 a.m.

Police say when troopers arrived, they observed a gray 2019 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot with front end damage as well as multiple bullet holes to the front windshield.

“Investigation determined a 29-year-old victim of Bear, DE, was sitting inside of his vehicle when an unknown subject approached the driver’s side door and asked for money.,” Said police spokesman Jason Hatchell. “When the victim advised the suspect that he didn’t have any, the suspect displayed a handgun and began firing rounds.”

Hatchell added, “The victim was struck multiple times and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for injuries to the head and neck.”

Police Photo: Ezekiel Tamba

Luckily, through investigative means, troopers identified the suspect as Ezekiel Tamba and later that evening on January 10, 2022, Tamba responded to Troop 2, where he was questioned by detectives.

When detectives tried taking Tamba into custody, he resisted and a brief struggle ensued police said. Subsequently, Tamba was arrested without further incident and was then charged with Attempted First Degree Murder (Felony), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), and Resisting Arrest with Force (Felony).

Tamba was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $330,000.00 cash bond.

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. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at


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