Four men are being sought by Delaware State Police following a home break-in and shooting.

The incident took place at about 11:02 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 at a home in the 21000 block of West Mayhew Drive, Cedar Creek Estates, DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said.

Four men broke into the home through an unlocked front door, with two of them confronting five family members and holding them at gunpoint, Hale said. The other two suspects went into the basement, where they unsuccessfully tried to force a 41-year-old woman to turn over her cell phone.

At the same time, two of the burglars went into a bedroom where they found a 24-year-old man and took his cell phone and laptop. The burglars then were attacked by several dogs inside the house, and in the melee, one of them was pushed down the stairs by one of the occupants. The burglar fired two shots, one of which hit the 24-year-old man in the leg.

The second round missed, but passed through an interior wall.

All four suspects then ran away, Hale said.

The victim was taken to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. There were no other injuries, Hale said.

The four suspects were described as black men all wearing hooded sweatshirts with their faces obscured by bandanas. No other descriptions are available, Hale said.

As this is an ongoing investigation by Delaware State Police detectives, only limited information is being released at this time. Detectives do not believe that this was a random act, Hale said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sussex County Major Crimes Unit at 302-752-3857.

Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”