Suspects arrested in Dover shootings

David Austin

David I. Brown

DOVER — State and city police reported four Dover area shootings taking place within a recent five-day span.

David Austin, 23, was arrested in alleged connection with incidents on Tuesday and last Friday, while David I. Brown, 21, of Dover, was charged after a reported shooting on Monday.

Additionally, Dover Police reported that gunshots struck two homes in the 400 block of East Water Street Tuesday at approximately 8:48 p.m. Several shell casings were located in the area, and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

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Spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Mr. Austin was arrested after several shots were fired at a moving vehicle in the unit block of Ann Avenue at approximately 5:30 p.m. The vehicle was damaged and no injuries were reported, police said.

Further investigation allegedly connected Mr. Austin to a shooting in the area of William and Pear streets last Friday, police said. He was taken into custody at approximately 10:30 p.m. after area surveillance by the Dover Police Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit.

According to police, Mr. Austin allegedly fled on foot as officers approached, pulled a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband and tossed it before surrendering to officers.

Mr. Austin was charged with five counts of second-degree reckless endangering for the first alleged incident. Charges in the second shooting and subsequent arrest included first-degree reckless endangering, criminal mischief, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by person prohibited (two counts), resisting arrest and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Mr. Austin was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in default of $41,500 secured bond.

Authorities said Mr. Brown was arrested after a 22-year-old male was shot late Monday afternoon in the 100 block of Mannering Drive. State Police were called to the scene at approximately 4:51 p.m.

According to police investigation, Mr. Brown allegedly entered a home without permission and then reportedly assaulted a 19-year-old female after breaking down a bedroom door to reach her. A man was later shot outside the residence and suffered a non-life threatening wound to his lower torso that required hospital treatment.

State Police and Probation and Parole officers took Mr. Brown into custody without incident at his residence, police said.

Charges included first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, home invasion, offensive touching and criminal mischief. Mr. Brown was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and sent to JTVCC on a $75,500 cash only bond.

Also this month, city police reported that a 32-year-old Dover man was shot in the abdomen in the area of 26 S. Governors Avenue on April 1. He required surgery and was later reported in stable condition. A vehicle was also struck during the incident.

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