Delaware State Police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male from Newark, DE with criminal charges in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at the Christiana Mall in early April.
NEWARK, DE (DNTV): A 17-Year-Old is facing charges related to the Christiana Mall shooting that injured more than three people that occurred earlier thi month.
Police say on April 8, 2023, at approximately 6:43 p.m., the Delaware State Police responded to the Christiana Mall for a reported shooting at the food court entrance.
An investigation revealed that three male suspects confronted an 18-year-old male victim as he was exiting the food court. Those three suspects, police say, then began to physically assault the victim, at which point the victim’s two friends entered the physical altercation and began fighting with the suspects.
Police say, during the fight, one suspect removed a handgun from his waistband and began firing multiple rounds.
The first victim and his friend, a 16-year-old male were both struck by three rounds in the torso police say, and the lower extremities. The suspects then fled the scene.
An 18-Year-Old bystander who was standing outside by the food court entrance to the mall, was also struck by the gun fire in the lower extremity. He was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Through investigative means, troopers have identified one of the three suspects.
On April 18, 2023, the 17-year-old suspect turned himself in at Troop 2 where he was charged with Facilitate a Riot (Felony), Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony), and Offensive Touching. The juvenile was arraigned in the New Castle County Family Court and committed to a Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services facility on a $15,000 secured bail., police said.
The remaining two suspects have not been identified at this time. Police said, “This remains an active and ongoing investigation. We encourage anyone with information about the incident or the identities of the suspects or who has any images or video of the incident to contact Detective H. Carroll of the Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-365-8467.”
Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
If you were at the mall during this time and are struggling in any way. Please do not hesitate to contact, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center who 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 DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov