UPDATED: Shorter Charged with 1st Degree Murder after Victim in Royal Farms Assault in Georgetown Dies


UPDATED: 09/20/22 – Delaware State Police say the charges against 24 year old Kevin Shorter of Georgetown have been upgraded to 1st degree murder. Shorter was arrested for the September 7th beating of 38 Paul McCarter of Georgetown inside the Royal Farm Store – McCarter died from his injuries last week. Shorter remains at SCI in default of an over $1-million cash bond.


KEVIN SHORTER / Image courtesy DSP

UPDATED: 09/15/22 – The victim of an assault with a baseball bat inside the Georgetown Royal Farm store on Wednesday, September 7 has died from his injuries. Delaware State Police have identified the victim as 38 year old Paul McCarter of Georgetown. Upgraded charges against 24 year old Kevin Shorter who was arrested last Saturday are pending. Shorter is currently at SCI for attempted murder.


UPDATED: 09/10/22 – 8:30am – A Georgetown man has been arrested for attempted murder and other offenses after an assault Wednesday night inside the Georgetown Royal Farms. Delaware State Police have arrested 24 year old Kevin Shorter for the assault on a 38 year old Georgetown man, who remains hospitalized in critical condition. Through investigation police determined Shorter was the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested in Rehoboth Beach around 12:30 this morning.

Shorter was transported back to Troop 7 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Attempted First Degree Murder (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)

Shorter was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $155,000.00 cash bond.


Police are investigating after a man was found brutally beaten Wednesday night at the Royal Farms store in Georgetown.

The call for help was received around 9:50 p.m. at the store which is at 20579 Dupont Boulevard, within the town limits. That is where police and EMS personnel found the victim with severe injuries to his head, clinging to life. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

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A search is underway for a male suspect, possibly armed with a bat. The state police helicopter, Trooper 2, is assisting with the canvas.