Executive - Press Release

Posted on: August 24, 2015

Update on NCCPD Homicide Investigation in Hockessin

The New Castle County Police, Criminal Investigations Unit, continues its homicide investigation into the death of Shazim Uppal, 27, of Hockessin. Investigators are continuing to analyze evidence and follow-up on leads as they search for the suspect(s).

On August 24, 2015, New Castle County Police arrived on scene to conduct a death investigation in the 100 block of St. Claire Drive at a business near the entrance to the development of Hockessin Chase.

At approximately 7:02 p.m. Aug. 24, New Castle County Police Patrol Units were dispatched to the parking lot to a business located in the 100 block of St. Claire Drive in Hockessin. The reporting person observed a black Audi sitting in the parking lot for an unusually long time.

Arriving officers discovered a male subject, Uppal, in the driver’s seat not responding to prompts from outside of the vehicle. Officers then entered the vehicle to discover Uppal to be deceased.

The New Castle County Police, Criminal Investigations Unit, subsequently identified Shazim Uppal, 27, of the 100 block of St. Clair Drive in Hockessin as the man found deceased inside a sedan parked in the 100 block of St. Clair Drive in Hockessin.

Investigators are continuing to analyze evidence and follow-up on leads as they search for the suspect(s).

As the investigation continues, detectives believe this incident does not appear to be a random act of violence as they recovered a substantial amount of marijuana in the car belonging to Shazim.

Investigators are continuing to search for anyone that may have seen Shazim operating his 2007 Black Audi A8 with Delaware registration. Detectives have expanded the area of interest to include Pike Creek, Delaware and Concordville, Pennsylvania between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Sunday (8/23) evening to Monday (8/24) morning.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Shazim Uppal is asked to call Detective J. Ziemba of the New Castle County Police Department via e-mail at JZiemba@nccde.org by phone by dialing (302) 395-8068. Citizens can also visit our website at www.nccpd.com or Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.

Any resident in the area with video surveillance is asked to contact NCCPD to see if any pertinent information was captured.

The New Castle County Police has partnered with Delaware Crime Stoppers and offers rewards up to $10,000 for an arrest and/or conviction regarding any violent crime by calling 1(800) TIP-3333.

Citizens who currently have the smartphone application are encouraged to use the “submit tip” tab to submit tips. Select a topic by using the “drop down” and complete the tip by “clicking” submit.

The New Castle County Police Smartphone Application is free to download and available for all IPhone and Android smartphones.

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