Three Separate Shootings Leave Two Dead In Delaware

| by Karen Eisenberg

Three people were shot in Wilmington, Delaware, at the same location where 16-year-old Jordan Ellerbe was fatally killed just two days earlier.

Delaware Online reports that a memorial with lit candles and teddy bears had been set up in front of a house in the 200 block of N. Broom Street to honor Ellerbe. At around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, three people, two teenage boys ages 16 and 18, and a 21-year-old girl, were shot while on the porch of the memorial. One of the boys was hit in the arm, the other in the leg, and the 21-year-old in the buttocks. All are expected to survive.

Ellerbe was a freshman at A.I. du Pont high school. According to Delaware Online, he was found shot in the head by resident Felicia McKinnon on Friday. She was inside her home when she heard gunfire and ran outside and discovered Ellerbe. Two other teenagers were also shot but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. McKinnon claims she saw 18 yellow circles near her home, which she believes represent each of the bullet casings found by police.  

A third homicide was reported around 8 p.m. on Saturday. William “Lil Billy” Rollings Jr. was found with multiple gunshot wounds near the intersection of West 21st and North Washington streets, as reported by Delaware Online. Rollings Jr. later died at the hospital. Police have not confirmed if the three shootings are related nor have they released any details regarding the crimes.

Local residents are living in fear. According to WDEL News Talk Radio, Devon Hynson, who lives near Bloom street, where two of the shootings occurred, stated: "People are just kind of nervous, kind of scared. They don't know when people are going to come back and start shooting again."

It is reported that there were at least 23 gun-related homicides in Wilmington last year. Just one month into the New Year, there have already been 10 shootings, leaving 5 dead. In the next few weeks, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams and Police Chief Bobby Cummings are expected to introduce “Operation Disrupt,” a program geared towards reducing crime.

Sources: Delaware Online; WDEL News Talk Radio

Photo:, Damian Giletto/The News Journal