Man Arrested in New Jersey for Shooting of Five Year Old

Posted on  07/20/2013 9:50 am

Location:

  • 1100 block Pleasant Street, Wilmington, Delaware (original incident)

Date of Occurrence:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 approximately 5:55 p.m. (original incident)

Victim:

  • 5 year old female, 1100 block Pleasant Street, Wilmington, Delaware
  • 9 year old female, 1100 block Pleasant Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Defendant/Pending Charges:

  • Jermaine Laster, 33, 200 block Regional Drive, Penns Grove, New Jersey
    • Assault 1st Degree
    • Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (2 counts)
    • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
    • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited

Summary:

A man wanted for shooting a five year old in the leg was arrested in Penns Grove, New Jersey.

The investigation began on July 17, 2013, when officers responded to the 1100 block of Pleasant Street for a 911 call reporting a shooting. Arriving officers located a 5 year old female victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was playing outside with another child and was struck by a stray bullet.

Through interviews and other investigative techniques, detectives discovered that Jermain Laster and another subject had engaged in a fight earlier in the day. That evening Laster returned to the 1100 block of Pleasant Street with a handgun and began shooting at the other subject. The five year old victim, who was playing outside with a nine year victim, was struck by one of those rounds. The nine year old was uninjured.

Detectives developed information that Laster might be staying in Penns Grove, New Jersey and contacted the Carneys Point Police Department to attempt to locate him. Laster was taken into custody in the 200 block Regional Drive, Penns Grove, New Jersey, and is being held at the Salem County Jail pending extradition.

Chief Christine Dunning praised the cooperation and support from the community that helped investigators quickly solve this crime, “This is an example of what can happen when the community and police department work together. It sends a message to criminals that violence will not be tolerated in our community.”

Chief Dunning also thanked the officers who worked to quickly solve this crime and thanked the Carneys Point Police Department for assistance in locating the defendant.

The five year old victim remains hospitalized at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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