MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Delaware State Police say they are investigating an early morning shooting in the parking lot of the Biddles Toll Plaza as result of a possible road rage incident on SR 1, leaving a 20 year old male in critical condition.
According to reports, preliminary investigation indicates that the incident occurred on Saturday, March 29th at approximately 2:15 AM as the 20-year-old male victim was a passenger in a Toyota Camry being operated by a second 20-year-old male, traveling SR 1 northbound approximately 3 miles south of the Biddles Toll Plaza, Middletown.
Police say as the Toyota was passing a second vehicle described only as a dark in color sedan occupied by 4 subjects, physical gestures were exchanged by the occupants of both vehicles. After passing through the cash lanes of the tolls, the sedan reportedly pulled into the parking lot of the Biddles Toll Plaza followed shortly by the Toyota. The 20-year-old male passenger allegedly immediately exited the Toyota confronting the occupants of the parked sedan, striking the driver's side rear window shattering it. The 4 occupants reportedly exited the sedan and a physical altercation ensued in the parking lot. One of the suspects from the sedan allegedly produced a handgun and fired at the 20-year-old male striking him in the upper body.
Police say after the incident, the four suspects fled from the parking lot in the suspect vehicle and were reportedly last seen traveling US 13 northbound towards the Saint Georges Bridge. The 20-year-old victim and operator of the Toyota reportedly fled the parking lot northbound on SR 1 stopping on the Roth Bridge where 911 was called due to the deteriorating condition of the victim.
Police say the victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and admitted in critical condition. The 20-year-old male operator of the Toyota was reportedly not injured.
Delaware State Police Detectives say they continue their investigation by conducting interviews, collecting evidence at the scene, and reviewing surveillance video to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.
If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 2 at 302-365-8426 or by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.