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Police Search For Answers In 2013 Deadly Millsboro Shooting

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MILLSBORO, Del. – More than six months after his death, there is still no justice for James Rickards.

On July 25th, 2013, Delaware State Police say James Rickards, 41, and his 39-year-old girlfriend were asleep in their home on the 25000 block of North Berry Bramble Falls. Just after 1:00 AM, his girlfriend reportedly heard a long bang coming from their front door.

"Two black males with masks had broken into their home and came into the background where they shot Rickards," says Corporal Gary Fournier with the Delaware State Police.

Rickards' girlfriend reportedly hid underneath the blankets during the altercation, in which the two men demanded money from him, before shooting him twice in the head. Police say Rickards was pronounced dead at the scene.

WMDT spoke with a neighbor that lives in the tight-knit community. She did not want to give her name, but she says the incident was shocking for the neighborhood.

"You just don't know what to expect here anymore," she says. "For somebody to just come and do something like that I don't understand."

Police say after the shooting, the suspects fled in an unknown direction without any valuables or money.

"The neighbors were out that night and people were around that house and around that neighborhood, but at the time of the incident people had already gone inside," says Corporal Fournier.  "There was no indication that something was going to happen later on or that some sort of argument happened earlier in the evening."

Rickards' reportedly cut hair at a Georgetown barber shop, and also cut hair for some neighbors in his home. Police say they believe the house was targeted, but after speaking with his girlfriend and others close to the incident, they do not have a determination as to why.

As police continue their investigation, neighbors still search for answers.

"it was shocking to me because he was a family man," says a neighbor. "He didn't bother anybody, he stayed to himself, so I hope they find who did it."

Delaware State Police say they are looking for any tips that could help them follow up on this homicide.     If you have any such information, call 1-800-TIP-3333, and through this line callers can give information anonymously.

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