WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

An inexplicable shooting in Wilmington: 5-year-old victim

The Williams Administration in the City of Wilmington has lately been touting a statistical decline in the rate of overall crime in the city.

(Actually, a recent report had crime dropping 24 percent over the first half of 2013, although shootings escalated 22 percent.)

To be sure, we DO have some days in the city WITHOUT a shooting, particularly remarkable over the summer.

But perhaps the mayor and his aides were congratulating themselves a little too soon.

A five-year-old girl who went outside her row house along the 11-hundred block of Pleasant Street to retrieve a scooter was shot in the leg.

It happened about 8:10 Wednesday night. The little girl was first transported to A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, then to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

No doubt drug-related.

Meanwhile, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams will unveil the administration's new Wilmington RISE campaign during a Friday celebration on Rodney Square, working to inspire a cleaner, smarter, & safer city. The goal is to empower residents & business leaders to seize the ownership of their communities. Accentuating the positives about Delaware's largest city.

Still on the positive side of things in the city, the Ladybug Music Festival - showcasing independent female artists - gets underway later this Thursday in the lower Market Street district.

Posted at 7:13am on July 18, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 8:18am
I applaud the new mayor for making some progress, but as the news reports on WDEL and WDEL.com show, gun violence is still rampant in Wilmington.

Much still needs to be done. It's not an overnight thing; it will take time and having any mayor claiming crime is down won't do it for suburbanites. We listen or read the news both at WDEL and the News Journal and until the Police Blotter stories of such violence are no longer a mainstay, most folks will not see Wilmington as the place to be.

Again I say, copy what Mayor Guiliani did in NYC. IF he can make it work in such a large city, surely it can work in little tiny Wilmington.

Fri, Jul 19, 2013 4:18am
Another good reason to feel safer in Chester.

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