Fatal Shooting at Wilmington Mall Leaves 1 Teen Dead, 1 Injured

A fight at a carnival in Wilmington, Delaware turned deadly, leaving a 16-year-old boy dead and a 17-year-old boy seriously injured. The shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday night in the Concord Mall parking lot.

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Fatal Shooting at Wilmington Mall Leaves 1 Teen Dead, 1 Injured

Fatal Shooting at Wilmington Mall Leaves 1 Teen Dead, 1 Injured

A fight at a carnival in the parking lot of the Concord Mall in Wilmington, Delaware turned deadly on Saturday night, leaving one teenager dead and another seriously injured. The shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. as the carnival, sponsored by the nonprofit Law Enforcement Against Drugs and Violence (L.E.A.D.), was wrapping up for the night.

Why this matters: This senseless act of violence highlights the ongoing issue of gun violence and its devastating impact on communities, particularly among young people. It also raises concerns about the effectiveness of community events aimed at promoting non-violence and the need for more comprehensive solutions to address the root causes of violence.

According to the Delaware State Police, troopers responded to the mall's parking lot at 4737 Concord Pike and found two teenage victims near the former Sears store. A 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, while a 17-year-old boy was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

Preliminary investigations suggest that a fight broke out between several people near the entrance of the carnival. During the altercation, an unidentified suspect pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots, striking the two teenagers. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival had been running at the Concord Mall since May 3, operating from 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 3 to 11 p.m. on weekends. Due to inclement weather, the carnival was cancelled on Sunday but is expected to reopen on Monday at 5 p.m.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the incident. Detective B. McDerby is urging anyone with information about the shooting to contact him at 302-741-2729. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333 or via a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police.

The Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available 24/7 to provide support and resources to those affected by this incident. They can be reached through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461) or by email at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

Saturday night's shooting at the Concord Mall carnival marks a tragic end to an event meant to bring the community together and promote non-violence. As the investigation continues, authorities are working to identify and apprehend the suspect responsible for this senseless act of violence that claimed the life of one teenager and left another fighting for his life.

Key Takeaways

  • 1 teen dead, 1 seriously injured in shooting at Concord Mall carnival in Wilmington, DE.
  • Shooting occurred around 10:45pm on Saturday during a fight in the parking lot.
  • Suspect pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots, then fled the scene.
  • Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is investigating; tips can be submitted anonymously.
  • Victim Services Unit available to provide support and resources to those affected.