Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred this afternoon in Laurel.

The investigation began around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, after troopers were called to assist the Laurel Police Department with a complaint of shots fired in the area of Sunset Drive in the Wexford Village Development.

An 18-year-old male had been struck in his lower torso by a bullet fired by an unknown shooter. The victim was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The victim's body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences, where an autopsy will be performed.

The investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is in its early stages and no arrests have been made.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Detective Daniel Grassi at 302-368-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."