UPDATE: Delaware State Police are releasing the name of the victim involved in the Jan. 29 shooting as 18-year-old Mekell Horsey of Laurel. An autopsy conducted by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science has determined the death to be a homicide by a gunshot wound to the chest.

The investigation into this incident by the Homicide Unit is continuing and no arrests have been made.


Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation, following a shooting that occurred in the afternoon of Jan. 29 in Laurel.

The initial investigation began around 3:45 p.m. on 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. Upon arrival, troopers learned that an 18-year-old male had been struck in his lower torso by a bullet, fired by an unknown suspect. The victim was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s body was turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

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 in reference to this incident 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 www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”