Early Sunday morning, a devastating event occurred on the campus of Delaware State University when an 18-year-old woman was fatally shot near Warren-Franklin Hall. Dover Police, along with campus police, were alerted to shots fired at approximately 1:40 a.m. Upon arrival, they discovered the young woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body. Although she was swiftly transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus for medical treatment, she tragically succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

The victim, hailing from Wilmington and located about 50 miles north of the university, was not a student at Delaware State University. This fact has added another layer of complexity to the ongoing police investigation into the homicide, as stated by Dover Police. They are working closely with university police to unravel the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

University Response and Community Impact

Following the incident, Delaware State University issued a statement ensuring that all necessary measures are being taken to protect the campus community’s health and well-being. “Counseling services are available in the Tubman Laws Hall housing office for those affected by this tragedy,” the university noted. Additionally, in response to the shooting, the campus was closed for the day, all planned events were canceled, and police patrols have been intensified to bolster campus security. The university has also temporarily suspended visitations as a precautionary measure.