Milton musician recovering after Dec. 31 shooting

Mark Gratton has been moved out of ICU
December 31, 2020

A Milton man was shot in Milton Dec. 31 near a pediatric office and Grace Church.

According to his family in a Facebook post, the victim was local musician Mark Gratton, known for playing venues such as Sydney’s in Paynter’s Mill and The Fox Hole in downtown Milton, where he was scheduled to play Jan. 1. The family said that Gratton was shot by an ex-girlfriend, and that he is recovering at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. After being on a ventilator, he has since recovered enough to be moved out of the intensive care. The family is optimistic with his progress although he still has a ways to go in his recovery. They also said they started a GoFundMe site to help with Gratton’s medical bills. 

Chief Derrick Harvey said Milton police and Delaware State Police units responded to the rear of 506 Union St. around 5:17 p.m. A male victim was found suffering from a single gunshot wound. Harvey said the man was treated by emergency medical services and taken to Beebe Healthcare. 

A possible suspect in the shooting has been apprehended and the investigation is ongoing at this time, Harvey said. While Delaware State Police is assisting with the investigation, the case is in the hands of Milton police. At this time, Harvey has not publicly named the shooter or victim. 

Early in the day Jan. 1, chatter on Milton-based Facebook accounts identified Gratton as the victim in the shooting. Kristen Latham, owner of the Fox Hole, said the restaurant put out Gratton’s chair with a tip jar and any money donated will go directly to Gratton’s medical bills.


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