Identification of Victims in Smyrna double homicide outside middle school released


Smyrna – The Delaware State Police are releasing the names of the two victims and suspect involved in the double homicide incident on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, as 38-year-old Stephanie Gill of Smyrna, DE, the victim involved at Smyrna Middle School, and 21-year-old Deanna Dominick-Dalton of Clayton, DE, the victim involved at McLane Gardens. The suspect was identified as Llewellyn Gill of Hartly, DE.

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at approximately 10:26 a.m., troopers responded to assist Smyrna Police Department with a subject shot in the parking lot at Smyrna Middle School located at 700 Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna, DE 19977. Upon arrival, it was determined that a 38-year-old female victim and a 47-year-old male suspect arrived at the school together in the wife’s vehicle to pick up their daughter for a medical appointment. The couple had a verbal exchange outside of the car which led to the male suspect pulling the victim back into the vehicle where he produced a weapon and shot the victim. The 38-year-old female victim was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The school was placed on lockdown and a search for the suspect commenced.

The suspect fled the scene alone in the vehicle the couple arrived in, and then switched into another vehicle that was registered to him parked nearby. Troopers located the suspect’s vehicle at approximately 11:02 a.m. in the area of Route 13 and Route 42 and a pursuit ensued. The suspect fled into Maryland and ultimately shot himself and crashed near Galena, MD. The suspect was transported to a Maryland area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

During the course of the investigation, troopers obtained information there could be a second victim who was an acquaintance of the 38-year-old female victim. With the assistance of Smyrna PD, officers responded to the 800 block of McLane Gardens, Smyrna to check on the welfare of a 21-year-old female. Officers located the second female victim inside of her residence with apparent gunshot wounds. The 21-year-old victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The bodies have been turned over to the Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit and Smyrna Police Department is continuing their investigation into this suspected murder/suicide incident and there is no concern for public safety. No motive has been established for this incident.

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