Police Investigating Homicide on Delaware State University Campus

Incident Number: 50-24-13707 

Date/Time:  Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 1:40 a.m.

Location: Delaware State University, 1200 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department, in collaboration with the Delaware State University Police Department, is investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a 18-year-old female, of Wilmington. The investigation began at approximately 1:40 a.m. Sunday morning, when DSU Police received a call for shots fired on campus, in the area Warren-Franklin Hall. Officers responded and located the victim, an 18-year-old female of Wilmington, who had sustained a gun shot wound to her upper body. Officers rendered aid to the victim and she was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus for treatment. Tragically, the 18-year-old died at the hospital as a result of her injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of her family. She was not a registered student of the University. No other injuries were reported. At this time, no suspect description is available.

Delaware State University provided the following statement.

“The DSU Police Department and staff will continue to take all necessary actions to ensure the health and well-being of our campus community.  Counseling services are available in the Tubman Laws Hall housing office.  The campus is closed today, events have been cancelled, and police patrols have been increased.  No visitation will be permitted today.”

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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 Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance. You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Casey.wilson@cj.state.de.us

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