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Delaware State Police Investigate the Discharge of a Gun During High School Basketball Game

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

Delaware State Police are investigating the discharge of a gun inside the Appoquinimink High School that occurred Monday night during a high school basketball game.

On February 6, 2023, at approximately 7:16 p.m., troopers responded to Appoquinimink High School, located at 1080 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown, for a report of a shot fired. Two troopers who were working extra duty for a basketball game at the school responded to a hallway outside of the gymnasium where a fight had just occurred. Further investigation revealed that a handgun fell to the ground during a large fight. The gun was stepped on during the physical altercation causing the gun to discharge and strike a wall. Subsequently, the handgun was recovered in the hallway. There were no injuries as a result of the discharged firearm.

The suspects were last observed running from the school towards the football stadium. The number of suspects and their involvement is still being determined.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigation Unit continues to investigate this case. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this incident to please contact Detective B. Timmons by calling 302-365-8434. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

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