The Delaware State Police has identified a Magnolia homicide victim as 40-year-old Robert Watkins of Bridgeville. Watkins was killed by a single gunshot wound Sept. 26.

    The 40-year-old man who was shot to death the afternoon of Sept. 25 has been identified as Robert Watkins of Bridgeville.

   Watkins’ identity was released shortly before 4 p.m. Sept. 26 as police continued their investigation into his death and after his next of kin were notified, said Cpl. Jaime Dorsey-Sterner of the Delaware State Police.

   Watkins was shot to death at 2:53 p.m. Friday while in the 100 block of Jeffrey Drive, Magnolia, Dorsey-Sterner said.

   According to police reports, Watkins was a passenger in a car that was parked on Jeffrey drive because he and the driver had made arrangements to buy a dog there.

   One person got into the car and another stood outside, Dorsey-Sterner said. While discussions were going on, the person outside pulled a gun and demanded money.

   As the driver tried to drive off, the man first a shot at the car, striking Watkins. The man who had been in the back seat of the car jumped out and ran off, Dorsey-Sterner said.

   The driver called 911, and was directed to a local convenience store, where she was met by emergency personnel. Watkins was taken by helicopter to Christiana Hospital, but died of an apparent single gunshot wound.

   The shooter was identified only as a black man; there was no description provided of the man who jumped out of the car.

   Both men are being sought for questioning, Dorsey-Sterner said.

   Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call investigators at 739-5939 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or via

   Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call investigators at 302-739-5939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.


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