A 25-year-old man was shot in the thigh and pistol whipped early Thursday during a robbery attempt near Long Neck.
The victim was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, where he was treated and released, according to police.
Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the shooting occurred in the 27000 block of Chris Drive of the River Winds neighborhood sometime before 12:40 a.m.
The victim and a friend were inside the victim's home when they heard noises and went outside to investigate, he said.
While the friend walked toward Chris Drive, the victim went to his girlfriend's car, which was parked nearby.
As the victim opened the driver's side door of the car, a man pushed him inside the vehicle, pointed a handgun at him and told him not to move, Fournier said.
As the victim stood up and began backing away from the gunman, he reportedly witnessed two other people rifling through the passenger's side of the car.
The victim continued to back away from the gunman toward the steps of his home, at which point he turned to run away and was shot in the back of thigh, Fournier said.
The gunman then struck the victim in the head with the pistol before the trio ran off, he added.
The gunman is described as black, between 5'8" and 5'10" and about 160 to 180 pounds. He last was seen wearing grey camouflage.
No description of the other two suspects is available, Fournier said.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the identity of the suspects is asked to call Delaware State Police at (302) 856-5850, ext. 219 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.
Information also may be provided online at www.tipsubmit.com or via text by sending a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and starting your message with the keyword "DSP."