Update # 2 – Crash at South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road

On December 30, 2018, at 1025 hours, Newark Police responded to South College Avenue and Welsh Tract Road for a crash involving multiple injuries.

During the investigation, officers determined that a 2015 Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound on South College Avenue intending to turn left onto Welsh Tract Road.  A 1993 GMC pick-up truck was traveling southbound on South College Avenue in the left straight lane.  The Hyundai turned left in front of the GMC and the GMC struck the passenger side of the Hyundai.

The female passenger in the Hyundai sustained serious injuries and was trapped in the vehicle.  She was extricated by Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company of Newark, treated by New Castle County Paramedics and was flown by Delaware State Police helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment.  The male driver of the Hyundai, as well as the two occupants of the GMC, were all transported to area hospitals for injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the Hyundai, an 85 year-old male from Essex, CT, was issued a summons for Failure to Yield on a Left Turn.  Southbound South College Avenue and part of Welsh Tract Road were closed for about two hours while police investigated and cleared the scene.

Prior Releases:
Update #1
Original Release

Shooting on Thorn Lane; Suspect Arrested

On Saturday, 12/29/18, at 2250 hours, Newark Police were dispatched to the area of Thorn Lane in the Studio Green Apartments for multiple calls about shots fired in the parking lot.

Responding officers found a vehicle in the parking lot with damage consistent with a shotgun and found spent shotgun shell casings in the parking lot.  Officers determined that at least one of the individuals involved in the shooting had fled into an apartment in one of the buildings nearby.

Officers located a shooting victim in an apartment in the building.  The male victim, 19, sustained multiple physical injuries consistent with having been shot with birdshot from a shotgun.  The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

From within the same apartment, officers also located Nicholas Hulsey.  Hulsey was taken into custody without incident.  A shotgun and an AR-15 rifle were seized from within the apartment, which was rented by Hulsey.

The investigation revealed that Hulsey contacted the victim via phone to discuss a mutual acquaintance.  The victim responded to Thorn Lane to talk with the acquaintance.  As the victim exited his vehicle, Hulsey shot the victim with a shotgun multiple times.  Both the victim and the suspect fled into the same building, where they were contacted by responding officers.

Hulsey, 25, of Newark, DE, was charged with the following offenses:
Assault First Degree
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Aggravated Menacing
Reckless Endangering First Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Criminal Mischief Over $1000
Possession of Marijuana in a Personal Use Quantity

Hulsey appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was held on $28,501 secured bond.  His custody was transferred to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective W. Anderson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3469  or wanderson@newark.de.us.

Additional methods of providing information to the police can be found on our tips page.

Nicholas Hulsey

*Update* – Roadway Open – South College Avenue Closure Due to Crash

South College Avenue is now open.