Delaware State Police have launched a homicide investigation in Seaford after the body of a 39-year-old was found shot to death early this morning by first responders in a home that was set on fire.
According to the Delaware State Police Department, the incident occurred around 2:11 a.m., Sunday when crews from the Seaford Fire Department were dispatched to a house fire at a home in the 11000 block of Hastings Farm Road.
Crews arrived and extinguished the fire, at which time they located a person inside dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit was called to the home, secured the scene, and launched a homicide investigation.
The investigation revealed that the unidentified 39-year-old victim was found inside of the home when unknown suspects forced through a side door and fired multiple rounds.
The victim was shot once and fell to the living room floor, according to police. The suspects then set a fire in the living room before fleeing the home on foot.
The body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy. Identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.
There is currently no suspect information available.
Hastings Farm Road was closed for approximately seven hours while the incident was investigated.
Anyone with any information pertinent to the investigation is urged to call Detective Bluto at 302-753-3864 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.