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Delaware teen charged with shooting neighbor in head

Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Devon Gordon

An 18-year-old Delaware resident is charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot his neighbor in the head before opening fire on his own home early Tuesday morning.

It was approximately 3:20 a.m. when police responded to the unit block of Hosier Street after receiving a report of a shooting.

Outside a residence on the block, arriving officers found a 25-year-old woman sitting outside a car with a gunshot wound to her head.

The victim was flown by State Police to Christiana Medical Center where she is currently listed in critical condition.

Investigators learned that the victim's neighbor, 18-year-old Devon Gordon, met with the victim around 3:00 a.m. in a Jeep parked outside.

At some point, and for unknown reasons, Gordon shot the victim one time in the head.

Police say a 49-year-old man who lives with Gordon and his mother, heard the gunshot and then heard banging at the front door. When he went to check on the commotion, another shot was fired, shattering the glass on the back door of the home.

The man told police he saw Gordon standing with a gun pointed directly at him, but managed to open the door and quickly disarm him.

The teen was then allowed back in the house, however the rampage wasn't over yet.

According to police, Gordon then retrieved a second handgun from the second floor of the home. Gordon's mother saw the gun and alerted the 49-year-old man, who managed to wrestle the weapon away from Gordon, but not before a single gunshot was fired  the bullet just missing the man.

A short time later, Devon Gordon was taken into police custody at his home. He is now charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is currently being held in lieu of $310,000 bond.

The 25-year-old victim's father is the one who found her after hearing the gunshots. Police say he was able to administer first aid until EMS arrived.

The 49-year-old male received minor injuries in the struggle with Gordon, but refused treatment at the scene.

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