Victims identified in Bear cemetery shooting

BEAR — Delaware State Police on Monday released the names of the Elkton, Maryland couple who died from a shooting incident at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery last week.

Lidia Marino, 85, was pronounced dead at the scene Friday, while her husband Paul C. Marino, 86, died the following day after being admitted to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said. Their names were not initially released pending notification of next of kin.

The incident occurred around 10:13 a.m. on the grounds at 2465 Chesapeake City Road, authorities said.

Sheldon C. Francis

Sheldon C. Francis, 29, of Middletown, who police said was the shooter, was found deceased with a gunshot wound around 4 p.m. Friday. He was found in a wooded area adjacent to the cemetery where he exchanged gunfire with police at around 12:08 p.m., authorities said. It was undetermined whether his wounds were self-inflicted or resulted from the exchange, police said.

Authorities have said it is yetok unknown whether the couple knew Mr. Francis prior to the incident.

The Delaware Department of State said there had been a service at the cemetery before the shooting, and attendees had left the scene.

Twelve cemetery employees sheltered inside a building during the incident and were unharmed. They were released from the cemetery around 3:30 p.m., police said.

A cemetery employee called 911 to report shots had been fired, officials said.

Nearby Brennan Estates residents were instructed to shelter in place through a reverse 911 call as the incident unfolded; some were temporarily evacuated by police.

Multiple area roads were closed during the incident and at least two helicopters hovered overhead at times.

Also responding to the scene were the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, police from New Castle County, Wilmington, Newark and Dover, New Castle County EMS and the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Investigation by the DSP Homicide Unit continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective M. Ryde at 698-8557. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

The DSP Homicide Unit continues to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective M. Ryde at 698-8557.

Tips may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.