By Tom Lehman 1:34am, January 8, 2014 - Updated 4:28pm, January 8, 2014Two people were shot hours apart in Wilmington's Hilltop neighborhood on Tuesday, bringing the total number of shooting victims in the city this year to eight.
The first shooting happened shortly before 7:10 p.m. at the 200 block of N. Broom Street.
A 23-year-old city man was walking in the block when he was forced into an alleyway by two men with handguns, police said.
The suspects took the victim's property and then shot him in the leg before fleeing in an unknown direction.
The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital and was last listed in stable condition, police said.
The robbers were described to officers as black and wearing dark clothing and bandanas.
More than four hours later, officers were called to the 1500 block of W. Fifth Street after a 9-1-1 call reporting another shooting.
The victim, a 16-year-old boy, purchased marijuana in the area but was approached by a gunman who shot him in the right leg and took his property, police said.
The teenager then went to a residence on the block and contacted authorities, who found him inside the home. He was taken to Christiana Hospital and was last listed in stable condition, police said.
The suspect was described to police as black with a thin build and wearing a puffy black jacket.
The earlier shooting prompted Mayor Dennis Williams to leave a cluster meeting at the city's Emergency Operations Center in Southbridge so he could address the situation, an administration spokeswoman said.
Since the new year began last week, eight people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Wilmington.
Anyone with information on the N. Broom Street shooting can call Detective Patrick Conner at (302) 576-3630.
Those with information regarding the shooting at W. Fifth Street shooting can call Detective McKenzie Kirlin at (302) 576-3653.
Otherwise, information on either shooting can be given to authorities by calling the Wilmington Police Criminal Investigations Division at (302) 576-3620 or the Confidential Tip Line at (302) 576-3990.
Tips can also be submitted to Delaware CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.