Delaware State Police Investigating Shooting Incident- Harrington

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Update #4 (Monday, April 5th, 2021) – Victim Identified* Delaware State Police Investigating Shooting Incident and Requesting Public’s Assistance With Identifying Suspect.
Harrington- The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit has identified the victim involved in the shooting incident that occurred on March 31, 2021, as Maricruz Sanchez, 20, of Milford. On April 2, 2021, Sanchez died from her injuries sustained during the incident. At approximately 3:15 p.m., Sanchez was driving westbound on Milford Harrington Highway in the area of Sandbox Road when an unknown suspect in a dark-colored SUV crossed the double yellow line and pulled alongside her vehicle. The suspect then fired a gun numerous times into her car before fleeing the scene. An autopsy conducted by the Division of Forensic Science revealed Sanchez was shot multiple times in the upper torso. Although the investigation is in the early stages, it appears Sanchez was targeted in retaliation for an earlier incident in which she was not involved. Sanchez, the mother of two young children, was an innocent victim. The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit seeks the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this senseless crime.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Det. D. Grassi with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302.365.8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate the Harrington-area shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at approximately 3:13 pm. The victim, a 20-year-old female from Milford, was driving westbound on Milford Harrington Highway (DE 14) in the area of Sandbox Road when an unknown suspect in a dark SUV crossed the double yellow line and pulled alongside her vehicle. The suspect then fired a gun numerous times into the victim’s vehicle before fleeing the scene. The victim’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a field. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her upper body and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in critical condition.
At this time, it is not believed that this was a random incident. This case remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Det. D. Grassi with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302.365.8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.comIf you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.