A 46-year-old Delaware woman has been accused of the apparent random shooting death of an aspiring 19-year-old doctor. Police in the town of New Castle announced on August 26 that Cheryl Jennings, 46, had been arrested and accused of shooting Maurice Evans. He was a student at Delaware State University and had aspired to become a doctor. Evans was killed at around 4 a.m. while he went to his summer job at a FedEx store in Bear, Delaware. He was shot in the chest and crashed his car as a result, Evans died at Christiana Medical Center the following day. In July, County Police Chief Colonel Elmer Setting called the shooting "senseless."
In announcing Jennings' arrest, New Castle Chief of Police Colonel E.M. Setting said, "This arrest by no means marks the end of our involvement or the end of this investigation. It does, however, provide some much-needed closure to the family and community. In a case like this, where there is no known association between the victim and defendant, the extraordinary efforts of our detectives as well as help from the public must be recognized and commended."
While County Executive Thomas Gordon said, "Malcolm Evans was truly an innocent victim, a young man who lived with his parents and brother, went to college, worked a job and dreamed of becoming a doctor. His death is a loss to all of us and we continue to share his family’s grief."
NBC Philadelphia reports that Jennings has been charged with first-degree murder, firearm possession during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited due to past felony conviction.
At the time, Delaware Online reported that there had been several men in the area where Evans was shot but they fled after the shots were fired.
According to a Facebook post from the New Castle Police Department, Jennings is being held at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institute. The Middletown Transcript reports that Jennings was taken into custody at her home on the first block of Terry Court on the night of August 24.
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