One man dead in Dover double shooting

DOVER — One man was killed and another seriously injured in a double shooting at a south Dover apartment complex Tuesday night, police said.

Dequan Dukes, 21, of Dover, was transported from the Pine Grove Apartments complex with at least one apparent wound to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital a short time after the incident at 8:48 p.m., Dover Police said.

Mr. Dukes was found seated in a vehicle parked between the D and E buildings at 255 Webbs Lane. Investigators released limited details and did not disclose the make and model of the vehicle and in which seat Mr. Duke was located.

The wounded man — a 25-year-old Felton resident — was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle suffering from several gunshot wounds, police said. No further details of his injuries condition were released.

Any possible relationship between Mr. Dukes and the wounded man would not be disclosed “at this time” according to Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Police said Mr. Dukes’ next of kin was notified. He did not live in the apartment complex.

Authorities would not say whether witness interviews were conducted.

Police asked anyone with information to call 736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or online at

Other city shootings

Eight other shootings involving 12 victims (two fatals) within the city have been reported during the past four months, including:

• Darren Weiford, 21, was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony after a 20-year-old Dover area woman was found dead at the First State Inn on June 1.

• Two 28-year-old men were shot in the Capitol Green neighborhood at 2:09 p.m. on May 24. One victim declined medical treatment on a hand wound and the other was transported to the hospital with an injury to his lower left leg. Both were initially described by police as being “minimally cooperative” as an investigation began.

• A 23-year-old man was shot in the foot during a drive-by shooting on May 19 in the 1400 block of S. Farmview Drive. He was driven to the hospital by a friend for medical treatment.

• Three men were injured during a reported home invasion on April 18 at the Towne Point Apartment Complex at 820 Carvel Drive. An exchanged of gunfire between a victim and multiple suspects was involved, police said.

• A 22-year-old man was shot in an alley between Sussex Avenue and Collins Drive on April 18. He was wounded in the arm, abdomen, and leg and later charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearm by person prohibited. Police said 65.1 grams of marijuana and a .22 caliber revolver were located in a vehicle during a K-9 search.

• On April 12, a 24-year-old man suffered minor injuries to his hands and face after a drive-by shooting incident in the Simon Circle Community Building area. The victim told police a passenger fired at him with a shotgun, and he returned fire with a legally owned handgun he was openly carrying.

• Two teenagers were hit by gunfire in Manchester Square on March 29. The victims – ages 16 and 17 – were standing in a parking lot when a passenger fired multiple rounds in their direction. The younger teen was grazed in the leg and refused treatment with parental approval and the other victim was admitted to the hospital with a non-life threatening wound to the knee.

• On February 28, a 25-year-old Dover man was shot to death at Towne Point Apartments at 820 Carvel Drive. The victim was located inside a parked vehicle in the back of the complex at approximately 7:40 p.m.

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