Police Charge Seaford Teen With Murder While Driving McDonald’s – First Status Update

Delaware State Police are investigating the shooting death of Nicholas Davis, 31, of Laurel, according to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on February 20, 2022, at approximately 8:59 p.m., the Seaford Police Department responded to a reported shooting at 1252 Norman Eskridge Highway. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Davis in the parking lot with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At the request of the Seaford Police Department, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit was contacted to undertake the investigation. Through investigative measures, detectives learned that the victim was in the McDonalds drive-thru located at 300 S Dual Hwy when he first encountered a group of individuals also in the drive-thru. After leaving the drive-thru, the two parties continued their encounter in the parking lot adjacent to the Stein Freeway, at which point the victim was shot before the group of individuals fled.

Through investigative action, Delaware State Police have identified a 17-year-old Seaford man as a suspect in the homicide, Pepper said Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with first degree murder (felony), possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony (felony) and possession of a firearm by a prohibited minor (crime). He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace in Court No. 3 and committed to a Department of Corrections juvenile detention facility on $210,000.00 cash bond.

This case remains an active and ongoing investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information about this case is asked to contact Det. Mark Ryde by calling 302-741-2730 or emailing [email protected]

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