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Royal Farms Clerk Who Was beaten With Baseball Bat Dies

The victim, who sustained severe injuries, was transported to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition

Update 09/15/22: A Georgetown Royal Farms clerk who was beaten with a baseball bat on Wednesday September 07, 2022 has died Delaware State Police said in an updated news release. Police identified the victim on Thursday September 15, 2022, as Paul McCarter, 38, of Georgetown. Carter died at the hospital on  Tuesday September 13, 2022.

Police say, the suspect, Kevin Shorter, 24, of Georgetown, was initially arrested for attempted murder and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution however, because the victim died from his injuries, upgraded charges for the suspect are pending at this time.

“The suspect, Kevin Shorter, 24, of Georgetown, was initially arrested for attempted murder and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on September 10, 2022. On September 13, 2022, the victim succumbed to his injuries. Upgraded charges for the suspect are pending at this time.,” Said Delaware State Police spokeswoman India Sturgis.

GEORGETOWN (DE) DNTV: A Royal Farms clerk is fighting for his life after Delaware State Police say a 24-year-old Georgetown man walked into the store and began beating him with a baseball bat as he worked on Wednesday night September 07, 2022.

According to a news release, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Georgetown Police Department responded to the Royal Farms, located at 20579 DuPont Boulevard, in reference to an assault complaint. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 38-year-old male from Georgetown, was assaulted by an unknown male with a baseball bat inside the convenience store.

Police say, the victim, who sustained severe injuries, was transported to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Police Photo | Kevin Shorter

Two days later on Saturday September 10, 2022, police arrested Kevin Shorter, 24, of Georgetown, Delaware. Troopers located Shorter in the Rehoboth Beach area and took him into custody without incident. Through investigative means, detectives determined Kevin Shorter was the suspect. Shorter was transported back to Troop 7 and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder (Felony), and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony).

Shorter was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $155,000.00 cash bond.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit assumed this investigation at the request of the Georgetown Police Department. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective D. Grassi by calling 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police, by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need 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 at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

Active Shooter who was shot by police charged with attempted murder

Upon arrival, Officers encountered a female suspect, actively shooting a firearm.

NEWARK, DE (DNTV): A 30-Year-Old woman is facing attempted murder charges after police say she shot an acquaintance at Hunters Crossing Apartments in Newark Friday September 09, 2022 at around 8:30 p.m.

Police say officers were dispatched to the apartment complex on Fairway Road for a report of a domestic disturbance, but when two New Castle County Police officers arrived, they encountered a woman who was actively shooting a firearm.

“Two uniformed patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police arrived on scene., Said Michael McNasby, a New Castle County Police spokesman. “Officers encountered a female suspect, actively shooting a firearm. Both officers discharged their weapons. The female suspect was struck in the torso. She was transported to Christiana Hospital where she is currently listed in critical condition.”

Police didn’t speculate whether the initial caller of the incident was actually the victim and only said, “The initial caller advised the suspect was armed with a firearm.”

Police say officers checked the area and located a 26-year-old female victim near a vehicle. According to police, a preliminary investigation revealed the female suspect was engaged in a domestic dispute with this female. During that encounter, the female suspect shot the victim. That female suffered from several gunshot wounds and was also transported to Christiana Hospital. She is currently listed in critical condition.

The New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit and the Delaware Department of Justice – Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust are currently investigating this shooting. Per Division policy, both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.

Police Photo | Portia Herndon

On Monday September 12, 2022, Portia Herndon, of Philadelphia was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Portia was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and bail was set at $250,000.00 cash.

Portia was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution but remains in stable condition at Christiana Hospital in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

The 26-year-old female victim remains in stable condition at Christiana Hospital., police said.

Colonel Joseph Bloch, Chief of the New Castle County Division of Police said the following of Friday evening’s events, “I am deeply disturbed by the events that occurred on Friday night in the Hunters Crossing community. I am proud that our officers quick response and immediate action stopped the threat to other members of the community and likely prevented further tragedy.  In addition, the aid rendered by our officers, paramedics and fire department personnel contributed to the fact that both the victim and the suspect are alive today.”

This remains an active investigation with the Division of Police and the Department of Justice Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust. Any individual with information is asked to please contact Detective Lieutenant Justin Breslin of the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302)395-8110 or by email at Justin.Breslin@newcastlede.gov. Information can also be submitted by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)395-8000.

Any individual with information related to the investigation is asked to please contact Detective Lieutenant Justin Breslin of the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302)395-8110 or by email at Justin.Breslin@newcastlede.gov. Information can also be submitted by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800.

29-Year-Old man shot during verbal Altercation with another driver

The victim exited his vehicle and approached the driver’s side of the vehicle stopped next to him and had a verbal altercation

NEW CASTLE, DE (DNTV): A 29-Year-Old New Castle man was shot in the stomach after he got out of his vehicle and engaged in a verbal confrontation with another driver Delaware State Police said.

Police say troopers responded to Route 273 and Route 13, also known as Hares Corner for a report of a shooting at the McDonalds on Sunday September 11, 2022, at approximately 8:52 a.m.

According to police, prior to their arrival, the victim entered the McDonalds, located at 101 South Dupont Highway, New Castle, suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Troopers located the victim, who was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

Police say a further investigation revealed the incident took place on eastbound Route 273 at the intersection with North Dupont Highway (Route 13). The victim was stopped on eastbound Route 273, at the red traffic signal, in the left turn lane for northbound Route 13. The victim exited his vehicle police said, and approached the driver’s side of the vehicle stopped next to him and had a verbal altercation. As a result, the victim was then shot one time in the stomach. Police say the suspect vehicle then fled the scene southbound on Route 13.

The suspect vehicle was described as a four-door sedan. There is no further description of the suspect or vehicle information at this time.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigations Unit continues to investigate this case. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this incident to please contact Detective Timmons by calling 302-365-8434. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need 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 at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

Intoxicated Newark man arrested after driving vehicle into ocean at Cape Henlopen

Officers responded to Cape Henlopen State Park’s Navy Beach following a report of a water rescue in progress.

CAPE HENLOPEN (DE0 BY DNTV: Delaware Natural Resources Police State Park officers arrested 48-year-old Donald R. Quill Jr. of Newark, Delaware, on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) and additional traffic violations Thursday evening after he drove his vehicle into the ocean on Cape Henlopen.

Police say at approximately 7:20 p.m., on Sept. 8, officers responded to Cape Henlopen State Park’s Navy Beach following a report of a water rescue in progress. Witnesses called 911 police said after seeing a vehicle driven into the surf. Police gave credit to bystanders, who quickly entered the water and helped the driver from the vehicle and onto shore.

During the Natural Resources Police investigation, officers observed that Quill displayed signs of impairment. He was then transported to Rehoboth Police Department for further investigation, where he was charged with DUI, a misdemeanor, and inattentive driving and operating a motor vehicle on closed Delaware State Parks areas, both traffic violations.

Quill was video-arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,502 cash bond and issued a no-contact order with all Delaware State Parks.

NCCPD Officer injured after being rear-ended at light where he was stopped

The officer was stopped at a red signal on the Churchmans Road Extension when he was struck from behind.

New Castle (DE) by Digital News Team:  A 17-year veteran of the New Castle County Police Department was transported to Christiana Medical Center after a motor vehicle collision on Wednesday September 07, 2022 while operating his patrol vehicle.

Police say on Wednesday September 07, 2022 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the officer was traveling southbound on Churchmans Road Extension when he stopped for a red signal at the traffic light just prior to the intersection of Christiana Road (SR273).  Moments later, he was rear-ended by a 2011 Hyundai Sonata being operated by a 63-year-old female.  The sedan continued to travel in the southbound direction before it veered off the roadway. It then jumped the curb onto the grass and struck a DelDOT sign.

Police say both the officer and the 63-year-old female driver of the sedan were transported to Christiana Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 63-year-old female driver was issued a citation for careless driving and failure to have insurance identification in possession.

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