UPDATE: Second Person Arrested: 15-Year-Old Sussex Central High School Student and 19-year-old Arrested in Connection with Shooting Incident at Sussex Central High School


UPDATED 3/7/24:

Delaware State Police have arrested 19-year-old Gerod Sturgis of Georgetown, Delaware in connection with the shooting incident that occurred last week at Sussex Central High School, in which multiple shell casings were found in the parking lot, and Howard T. Ennis School across the street was struck by gunfire. According to police, a vehicle on Patriots Way was shot after leaving the parking lot of Sussex Central High School. After the shooting, the 15-year-old fled the scene in a Jeep Cherokee which was driven by a man detectives identified as Gerod Sturgis. The 15-year-old remains at Stevenson House Detention Center. Today, Sturgis was taken into custody at Troop 4, where he was charged with Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone, which is a felony, as well as Conspiracy 2nd Degree and Hindering Prosecution–also felonies.

Sturgis is at Sussex Correctional Institution on a $6,000 secured bond.

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A 15-year-old Sussex Central High School student has been arrested following a shooting on the school premises last night. According to Delaware State Police, troopers assigned to the school on Patriots Way in Georgetown were on duty for a basketball game when they were alerted to gunfire nearby. Troopers found multiple shell casings in the parking lot. However, no injuries were reported. Through surveillance footage, troopers identified a 15-year-old student enrolled at the school, who now faces several felony charges and is at Stevenson House Detention Center on an $82,000 secured bond.

Additional Information from Delaware State Police:

Utilizing available video surveillance footage, troopers were able to identify the suspect as a 15-year-old student enrolled at Sussex Central High School. Working in cooperation with the student’s parent, arrangements were made for the suspect to turn themselves in at Troop 4. The student complied and was subsequently charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Persons Under 18 (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony)
  • Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)

The 15-year-old student was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and subsequently committed to Stevenson House Detention Center on a $82,000 secured bond.