Elderly Couple Shot in Cemetery; 1 Dead

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2020 3:50 PM CDT
Married Couple, 85 and 86, Shot in Cemetery; 1 Dead
Vehicles are seen stopped at a roadblock, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Bear, Del. Delaware State Police were responding Friday to a report of shots being fired at Delaware's Veterans Memorial Cemetery, according to a police statement.   (Esteban Parra/The News Journal via AP)

A married Maryland couple in their 80s were the victims in a shooting at a veterans cemetery in Delaware, the AP reports. Delaware State Police on Friday night identified the victims as an 86-year-old man and 85-year-old woman from Elkton, Maryland. The wife was pronounced dead at the scene. The husband was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition Friday night. The two were at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear on Friday morning when they were shot. Their names have not yet been released. A suspect engaged in a shootout with police around noon Friday.

He was found dead from a gunshot wound a few hours later in a wooded area where the shootout took place. The suspect was identified only as a 29-year-old man from Middletown, Delaware. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect shot himself or was hit by police in the earlier exchange of gunfire, police said. No officers were injured in the shooting. The state-owned cemetery is overseen by the Office of Veterans Services, a division of the Delaware Department of State.

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