Suspect charged in Dover Park shooting

DOVER — An ongoing gang dispute reportedly sparked a shooting that injured two men last Sunday night at Dover Park, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police said Thursday that William E. Cane Jr., 19, of Milford, allegedly told detectives he was involved and two first-degree assault charges and an illegal gang participation count resulted.
Dover men ages 19 (leg wound) and 20 (struck in the hip and arm) were in stable condition as of Monday, Dover Police said. Both men required immediate surgery, court documents said.

The affidavit indicated a third person was standing with them. A person fell to the ground and suffered a right forearm abrasion.
Authorities said gunfire possibly came from a moving vehicle at 6:47 p.m. at 1200 White Oak Road. At least two people were reportedly in the vehicle, a dark colored SUV, when it entered the parking lot, the affidavit said.
Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said that while “no other arrests have been made at this time” the investigation is ongoing.

Mr. Cane was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), first-degree reckless endangering, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree assault, police said.

Following an initial appearance through Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, Mr. Cane was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $126,500 bond.
According to an affidavit, Mr. Cane was convicted of first-degree robbery on Jan. 8, 2018, which brought the person prohibited charges in the shooting incident.

Dover PD asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.

Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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