Two died in a shooting Saturday afternoon at a nursing care facility near Wilmington.
Delaware State Police were dispatched to the ManorCare nursing home at 700 Foulk Road, in north Wilmington.
Troopers reported that an 82-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman were both pronounced deceased at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. The female was a resident of ManorCare. Ahandgun has been recovered from the scene.
The man and woman have been turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed the cause of death. The victims’ identities are being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.
The building has been cleared and declared safe atthis time and troopers said there is no reason for residents of the area to be concerned for their safety. Such statements typically indicate the shooter turned the gun on his or herself.
The shooting triggered massive police and first responder presence at the nursing homein the Foulk-Shipley Road area near Wilmington, home to anumber of elder care facilities. A police helicopter was reportedly hovering overhead for a time.
The Delaware Department of Transportation reported that Foulk Road between Murphy Road and Route 202 was closed for a time due to police activity.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting incideis askedked to contact Detective D. Grassi at 302-741-2731. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com