A shelter-in-place order has been lifted in northern Wilmington after an hours-long standoff that began Wednesday night. Three officers were shot during the incident and were taken to a hospital, where they were in stable condition, police said.
Residents and businesses in Wilmington located between 23rd and 27th Streets, and from West Street to Carter Street, had been asked to remain in place as police continued to investigate the scene. Police said in a statement late Thursday morning there was no immediate threat to the public.
“There’s absolutely no reason or excuse for shooting law enforcement, and there’s no excuse for shooting anybody else,” Pastor Derrick Johnson, whose church is on the same block as the shooting, told the News Journal.
The shootings occurred around 10:30 p.m. on the 2400 block of North Market Street.
“I am praying for the wounded officers of the Wilmington Police Department and thankful that they are in stable condition, on the path toward a speedy recovery,” Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) said in a statement. “I’m grateful for their service and thinking about the first responders and the residents of Wilmington impacted by this tragic incident.”
It remained unclear why the officers were shot or what situation they were reporting to. Officials said in a statement they would release further information “as soon as possible.”
Officers dressed in tactical gear entered the King Plaza Apartments at 25th and North Market Streets early Thursday morning, according to footage captured by WDEL. As of Thursday morning, no suspect had been apprehended.
“This an active and ongoing situation so please continue to keep all those involved in your thoughts.,” the Delaware Fraternal Order of Police lodge wrote on Facebook.