Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting of Delaware Man

An arrest was made in the fatal shooting of a man in Wilmington, Delaware.

Rhishawn McNeil, 22, of Wilmington, was charged in the murder of 26-year-old Donnell Clark, also of Wilmington.

Clark was on the 900 block of East 17th Street Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m. when a gunman opened fire.

Clark was struck several times in the torso and abdominal area. He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

After an investigation, police identified McNeil as the suspect. A search warrant was executed at McNeil's home on the 600 block of East 11th Street. McNeil was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

McNeil is currently being held without bail at the Howard Young Correctional Facility.

Clark's cousin, who did not want to be identified, said she is fed up with the violence in her neighborhood.

"It doesn't make sense," she said. "Our young people are dying in the street and people don't care. It's sickening." 

The shooting occurred the same day the state House voted unanimously to create a commission to study ways to reduce violent crime in Wilmington.

The commission, proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in his State of the State speech last week, has a reporting deadline of March 31.

The resolution approved Tuesday and sent to the Senate notes that Wilmington has one of the worst violence rankings in the country among hundreds of cities of comparable size.

The city had a record 154 shooting victims in 2013. There were 127 shooting victims and 23 shooting deaths last year.

The commission will be led by state Safety and Homeland Security Lew Schiliro and New Castle County's public safety director. Five other members would be appointed by Markell, and one each by the attorney general and Wilmington's mayor.

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