The suspect in the shooting outside of Smyrna Middle School was reportedly involved in a second homicide. A 38-year-old woman was fatally shot outside of the Smyrna, Delaware school and troopers later learned of a second victim who was an acquaintance of the first victim. While the identity of the killer has not been revealed, law enforcement officers suspect a connection.
Delaware troopers responded to reports that a woman was shot outside of Smyrna Middle School in the early afternoon Tuesday, and found a 38-year-old woman who had been shot. A school resource officers conducted life-saving techniques, but the woman was declared dead on the scene. An investigation began to understand what happened in the middle school parking lot.
The 47-year-old male suspect and the woman reportedly arrived at the school in the wife’s vehicle to pick up their daughter for a medical appointment. Reports claim the couple got into a fight just before the suspect pulled the victim into the vehicle and shot her. The school was then placed on lockdown while officers searched for the suspect. No staff or students were injured during the alleged homicide.
A half-hour after reporting to Smyrna Middle School, authorities located the suspect’s vehicle near Route 13 and Route 42. During the pursuit, the suspect entered Maryland before shooting himself. His vehicle crashed into a tree near Galena, Md., and he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
While troopers investigated the initial homicide, a 21-year-old acquaintance of the female victim was found dead in her home with apparent gunshot wounds. The officers who responded to the 800 block of Monrovia Avenue in the McLane Gardens Apartments were checking on the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims’ names have not been revealed as authorities contact the next of kin. The suspect’s identity is being withheld as well, and his motive is unknown.
Smyrna Middle School is undergoing a prescheduled deep cleaning Wednesday, as is the rest of the district, according to Superintended Patrik Williams. Students will not be attending until Thursday, giving the police a chance to continue their investigation.
Williams said that there have been no reports of students witnessing the shooting, but district-wide counseling services will be available to students and families. Police confirm that the identities of the suspect and the victims will be released as the investigation progresses.