Detectives with the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit are investigating a Frederica home invasion in which one man was shot and another pistol whipped.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the 100 block of Lowber Street, said police spokesman Master Cpl Gary Fournier.
Four or five men were involved, Fournier said.
The men forced their way into the home and awakened a 58-year old man and 49-year old wife who were sleeping in a back bedroom. The pair was confronted by one of the suspects, and as the man tried to flee, he was shot once in the buttocks and then dragged into a hallway along with his wife.
Two other suspects also invaded the bedroom of a 21-year-old man and his 20-year-old girlfriend and demanded money. They pistol whipped the man with a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from his pockets.
The two then were forced into the living room where three other people, two women, ages 24 and 20, and a 7-year old boy also had been taken.
The suspects took several video games, cell phones, and car keys before fleeing.
The two injured men were taken to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. None of the other victims were injured.
The first suspect was described as a black man standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds. He was armed with an unknown type of rifle.
The second suspect stood between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches in height, and weighed between 170 and 180 pounds. He was armed with an unknown type of handgun.
The two men were dressed all in black and wore red bandannas across the bottom portions of their faces.
The other two or three suspects were described as black men, dressed all in black. No further physical or clothing description was given.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective P. Surowiec at 302-741-2814. Tips also maybe left by using the DSP Mobile Crime Tip app, available for download at www.delaware.gov/apps.
Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (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.”