Update: 2 Fatally Shot In Smyrna; Suspect Turns Gun On Self
Delaware State Police have released the names of the people who died in a double murder-suicide Tuesday as 38-year-old Stephanie Gill of Smyrna, DE, the victim involved at Smyrna Middle School, and 21-year-old Deanna Dominick-Dalton of Clayton, DE, the victim involved at McLane Gardens. The suspect was identified as Llewellyn Gill of Hartly, DE.
This incident continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit.
Three people are dead in separate but possibly related shootings in the Smyrna area.
Delaware State Police said Wednesday that a man and a woman arrived at Smyrna Middle School Tuesday morning to pick up their daughter for a medical appointment. The couple started to argue, and police said the man pulled the woman back into her vehicle, pulled out a weapon and shot her. The 38-year-old woman died at the scene.
Police say the man got into another vehicle, registered to him, that was parked nearby. A pursuit with police ended when the vehicle crashed in nearby Maryland after the man apparently shot himself. He also later died.
Troopers learned about another possible victim, and found a 21-year-old woman dead in her residence of apparent gunshot wounds.
A motive for the suspected murder-suicide has not been established. The names of the deceased are not yet being released.
The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting Wednesday morning. Delaware State Police and Smyrna Police are continuing an investigation. They said there is not a current concern for public safety.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at 302-741-2703 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.
The full Delaware State Police news release follows:
Delaware State Police are conducting a double homicide investigation that occurred Tuesday morning at two separate locations in Smyrna.
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at approximately 10:26 a.m., troopers responded to assist Smyrna Police Department with a subject shot in the parking lot at Smyrna Middle School located at 700 Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna, DE 19977. Upon arrival it was determined that a 38-year-old female victim and a 47-year-old male suspect arrived at the school together in the wife’s vehicle to pick up their daughter for a medical appointment. The couple had a verbal exchange outside of the car which led to the male suspect pulling the victim back into the vehicle where he produced a weapon and shot the victim. The 38-year-old female victim was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
The school was placed on lockdown and a search for the suspect commenced.
The suspect fled the scene alone in the vehicle the couple arrived in, and then switched into another vehicle that was registered to him parked nearby. Troopers located the suspect’s vehicle at approximately 11:02 a.m. in the area of Route 13 and Route 42 and a pursuit ensued. The suspect fled into Maryland and ultimately shot himself and crashed near Galena, MD. The suspect was transported to a Maryland area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
During the course of the investigation, troopers obtained information there could be a second victim who was an acquaintance of the 38-year-old female victim. With the assistance of Smyrna PD, officers responded to the 800 block of McLane Gardens, Smyrna to check on the welfare of a 21-year-old female. Officers located the second female victim inside of her residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The 21-year-old victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit and Smyrna Police Department is continuing their investigation into this suspected murder/suicide incident and there is no concern for public safety. No motive has been established for this incident.
The names of the victims and suspect are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Yeich with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2703 or information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com .