Laurel, DE – Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday afternoon in the area of Belle Avenue and West 7th Street in Laurel.
Police say that the shooting occurred at around 3 p.m. on October 29, 2023.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
One of the victims, a male teenager, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other two victims, also male teenagers, were transported to local hospitals with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police are still investigating the shooting and no suspects have been arrested at this time.
The police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at 1-800-TIP-3333.
At this time, DSP can confirm there are 3 total victims from this shooting with 1 of them being a fatality. This is believed to be an isolated incident.
— Delaware State Police (@DEStatePolice) October 29, 2023
Police Presence in the Area
Police are advising residents to avoid the area of Belle Avenue and West 7th Street in Laurel while the investigation is underway.
There is a large police presence in the area as police continue to process the scene and interview witnesses.
Police believe that the shooting was an isolated incident, meaning that it was not connected to any other crimes or gang activity.
There is no suspected threat to the public, meaning that police do not believe that there is any ongoing danger to the community.
However, police are asking residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.
This is a standard precaution that police take after any shooting, in order to keep the community safe.
Residents should be vigilant by being aware of their surroundings and reporting any activity that seems out of place.
For example, if residents see someone carrying a gun or acting suspiciously, they should call the police immediately.
By working together, police and the community can help to keep Laurel safe.
More Details to Come
Police say that they will provide more details about the shooting once they are available.
Man killed near Delaware County mosque
In another shooting story in Delaware,
A 65-year-old man was shot and killed outside a mosque in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday night.
Police say they are investigating the incident as a possible carjacking.
The man, who has not been identified, was found shot in the parking lot behind the Masjid Al Madinah Upper Darby Islamic Center in Upper Darby shortly after 7:45 p.m.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they are still searching for the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting.
They are asking anyone with information to contact them.
The shooting has shaken the Upper Darby community, and many are expressing condolences to the man’s family and friends.
“This is a senseless act of violence that has taken the life of a beloved member of our community,” Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann Kelly said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also condemned the shooting.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this horrific tragedy,” CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Ahmet Selim said in a statement. “This senseless act of violence is a reminder that Islamophobia and hate crimes are still a serious problem in our country.”
The shooting is the latest in a string of violent incidents in Delaware County in recent months.
In September, a man was shot and killed outside of a nightclub in Upper Darby.
Police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at (610) 853-1234.