Neighbors: Lincoln shooting was not unexpected
UPDATE #2: On Wednesday August, 21, Delaware State Police announced that the victim’s father, 62-year-old David Chirdon, was charged. See those details here.
UPDATE #1: On Tuesday, July 23, Delaware State Police released the name of the victim. The victim is identified as 34-year-old Brian Chirdon. See those details here.
LINCOLN, Del. – Delaware State Police say they’re investigating after a man was fatally shot, Wednesday night, in Lincoln.
Neighbors tell 47 ABC, unfortunately, this wasn’t a complete surprise.
“She said there’s another problem at the farm,” says Duane Kenton, a neighbor of the victim.
Kenton has lived on Winner’s Circle in Lincoln for almost a decade. It was a fairly quiet street, until Wednesday.
“We came back over here and there are police cars all back in there,” says Kenton.
Delaware State Police were called to his neighbor’s home, around 8:30 at night, after a man was shot.
Kenton tells 47 ABC, “The first thing I asked the lady cop, ‘Is anybody dead?'”
He says he’s known the family for years and told investigators that he had suspicions.
“(The cop) kind of looked at me funny, ‘why would you say something like that?’ But I told him I said with all this going onm it’s been going on now for years over and over and over. I said we all knew that it was inevitable that something like this was gonna happen,” says Kenton.
The 34-year-old man died from his injuries.
“I don’t wish no one to be passing away, you know? I wouldn’t wish that on no one even my worst enemy,” says Kenton.
Not many other neighbors wanted to talk on camera. But Kenton says there were signs that the family was clearly going through a tough time.
“I feel so bad, my wife and I both, that this has happened. But we knew it was coming like I told that lady cop and the captain I said it was inevitable,” says Kenton.
While neighbors have their own ideas, police have not said exactly what happened. They also have not released the victim’s names.
Delaware State Police say there is no threat to the public. But if you think you might have information that will help them piece together this case, you’re asked to call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous.