(Wilmington, DE 19810) Yesterday, (January 24) at approximately 6:36 p.m., Patrol Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the area of Jacqueline Drive in the community of Brandywine Apartments for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived on the scene, they located an unresponsive male juvenile with an apparent gunshot wound.  Officers initiated life-saving efforts on the juvenile and he was later transported to an area hospital by emergency medical services. The victim ultimately succumbed to his injury. The juvenile was later positively identified as 17-year-old Dametrius Benson of the 200 Block of 8th Avenue in Wilmington.

Detectives from the New Castle County Police Criminal Investigations Unit later arrived on scene and have assumed the investigation. There is no suspect information at this time.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and more information will be forthcoming. Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this incident contact the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302) 395-8110 or submit the information to DE Crime Stoppers at (302)739-5927 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

A reward of up to $10,000.00 is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for violent crimes being investigated by this agency.

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.