Caution urged after another Dover apartment shooting

DOVER – Police urged nearby residents to use caution after a second shooting in four days at The Willows at Clearfield Apartments.

While no injuries were reported in a Tuesday incident, a 19-year-old man was shot twice in the upper body on Friday at approximately 2:54 a.m., Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Authorities believe the two incidents in the 100 block of Haman Drive are likely related because “They occurred at or in front of the same apartment inside the same building,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Residents should thus “ensure that the main doors to buildings are closed when they enter/exit and do not allow non-residents into the building,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

“If anyone sees suspicious persons/activity in or around the buildings/parking lot, they should contact police.”

Through investigation, police determined that two unknown black male suspects shot the man after forcing entry through the door of a third floor apartment. EMS transported the wounded man to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

Police do not think the shooting was a random act, Cpl. Hoffman said.

It was unknown if anyone else was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, according to authorities.

In the first incident Tuesday, two shell casings and a bullet hole in a wall were found as officers responded to a shots fired complaint at roughly 11:24 p.m.

Investigation continues police and 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 delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

• On Wednesday night, a 44-year-old Dover man suffered life threatening injuries when shot multiple times in the 400 block of East Water Street in the Capital Green neighborhood. He was found laying next to his vehicle when officers arrived at approximately 9:06 p.m.

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