Devon Gordon, 18, of Selbyville was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting of a 25-year-old woman earlier that morning.
According to the Delaware State Police, after a 3:30 a.m. 911 call, police arrived at a home on Hosier Street, at which time the Selbyville officers found the 25-year-old victim sitting outside in a car in front of the house, with a gunshot wound to her head.
Police said the victim was located by her father after he heard the initial gunshot and that he was able to administer first aid until EMS arrived on the scene. She was then flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition mid-week.
Selbyville police have asked the DSP Homicide Unit to take on the investigation of the incident.
“Any municipality within the state, if they don’t have the manpower or are unable to further investigate a crime, they’ll contact the Delaware State Police,” explained Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the DSP. “It’s not to take anything away from the smaller police departments, but with the amount of manpower that our homicide unit has… It’s just one of those things. It may consume a lot of their time and manpower to investigate.”
Fournier said the initial investigation revealed that Gordon had left his home around 3 a.m. and met with the 25-year-old next-door neighbor in a Jeep parked outside the residence. During the meeting, Gordon allegedly shot the victim one time in the head.
Police said that a 49-year-old man who lives with Gordon and his mother had heard a gunshot, followed by banging at the front door. Upon going to check on the commotion, police reported, the man heard another gunshot. He then turned to look out the back door, where the glass had allegedly just been shattered by a bullet.
According to police, the male victim saw Gordon standing in the doorway with a gun pointed directly at him but was able to open the door and quickly disarm him. Gordon, police said, was allowed back in the house and reportedly proceeded to the second floor of the residence, where he allegedly obtained a second handgun.
Fournier said Gordon’s mother then screamed out to the 49-year-old man, who was again able to wrestle the weapon away from the Gordon, but not before a single gunshot was fired, narrowly missing the man.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that at least three shots were fired. One at the female victim, one through the back window, and the other one that narrowly missed the 49-year-old,” said Fournier.
The 49-year-old male received minor injuries during the physical altercation but refused treatment on scene, he noted.
Fournier said that both guns accessed by Gordon were handguns, but due to the ongoing investigation, he said, they could not release information as to the guns’ ownership or registration.
According to Gordon’s Facebook page, he had been a student at Indian River High School and the shooting occurred on his birthday.
Gordon was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $310,000 cash bond. He has been charged with two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and three counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.
Fournier said that homicide detectives were continuing their investigation into the incident and that additional charges could be forthcoming.