(New Castle, DE 19720) Last night (May 24) at approximately 9:00 p.m. patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the Beyond Petroleum (BP) gas station at 201 S. Heald St in the City of Wilmington reference a 24-year-old, male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

When the officers arrived, they learned that the victim had met a female acquaintance at the corner of South Street and Hamilton Street in the community of Hamilton Park.  When he arrived, an argument ensued with the female and she exited the victim’s vehicle. The female walked to the driver’s side of the vehicle.  When the victim exited the vehicle, he was approached by a black male who shot the victim in the leg with a handgun.  The shooter then took the victim’s wallet and left with the white female.

The victim stated that he was not familiar with the area and just drove towards lights which explained how he ended up at the BP station.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released for a gunshot wound to his leg.

The officers, assisted by patrol officers from the Wilmington Police Department, canvassed the area with negative results.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Additional updates will follow.

Anyone with information/video pertaining to this investigation, is asked to contact Detective Michelle Burrus at 302-395-8131 or by email at Michelle.Burrus@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can text a tip anonymously, simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to 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.