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DSP Investigating Death of Man Found with Gunshot Wounds

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MAGNOLIA, Del. -- UPDATE: Delaware State Police Homicide Unit detectives continue to investigate the death of a man who was found shot inside of a car late last night in Magnolia.

The investigation began last night, Friday, March 27, 2015, at approximately 11:20 p.m., after troopers responded to the unit block of Grays Lane in the Meadowbrook Acres development, Magnolia, DE, for the report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, troopers located a male subject deceased in the driver's seat of a 1998 Ford Escort. The male victim, later identified as Richard L. Jacobs, Jr., 44, of Dover, DE, was transported from the scene by the Office of Forensic Science where an autopsy was performed. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide with the cause of death being multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

The investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing. No further details will be released at this time as to not jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.

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Delaware State Police's Homicide Unit is investigating the death of a Richard L. Jacobs, Jr., 44, of Dover, DE, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds in Magnolia late Friday night.

A home's driveway in the Meadowbrook Acres development was where police found a Jacobs with bullet wounds in the driver's seat of a car.

Police said the Jacobs was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several neighbors who live on Grays Ln. where the body was found, said they heard several gunshots coming from a home at around 11:20pm.

Cara Williams is one of the neighbors who heard shots fired. Williams told WBOC she saw the car the man was found in earlier.

"I'm not exactly sure if that car has been there because at night she usually has two or three cars there," said Williams, referring to the owner of the trailer home where the body was found. "I know that car was a dark blue car."

Williams said she sees a lot of nightly activity at her neighbor's house often.

"Almost every night there's either two or three there in and out. It's routine," said Williams.

Patricia, who goes by "Patty," would not reveal her last name. Patty owns the home where the man's body was found.

Patty told WBOC people visit her home late at night often but said she doesn't know them.

"Every night I have people pulled up in and out my driveway. They come in and park and play their music and then run out and then do this that and the other thing," said Patty.

Patty said she does not know why anyone would've been shot to death in her driveway.

WBOC asked residents on Grays Ln. what the Meadowbrook Acres neighborhood is like. Some said it's relatively quiet while others painted a different picture.

"Not a good place. Other than that it's alright," said Wayne Wilkerson who stopped the interview and hurried back into his girlfriend's home after answering the question.

"This side is normally pretty quiet," said Williams referring to Grays Ln. and pointing out other streets she said can be "rowdy" at night in the area.

"I mean you have your druggies and alcoholics around here but nothing usually have to end up with murder," Williams said.

Police said the death has been ruled a homicide with the cause of death being multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

Police have not released information about a suspect which is something that makes Williams uneasy.

"Last night, it took me a while to go to sleep. [I] kept making sure the doors were locked. It's too close for comfort," said Williams.

After Friday night's shooting, some of the neighbors say they're scared for their safety.

Police said the investigation is in its early stages. More information will be released at a later time.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at 302-739-5939. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."


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