Dover area man shot to death early Monday

Dover-area homeless man shot to death

By Craig Anderson

Delaware State News

DOVER — A 32-year-old Dover-area man was found shot to death in a vacant lot early Monday, authorities said.

Thomas Gilbert was struck multiple times by gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 100 block of S. New Street, according to Dover Police. Spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman. Sgt. Hoffman said Mr. Gilbert was listed as being homeless and was frequently seen in the downtown area.

Officers were called to the area following a shots fired report at approximately 2:48 a.m., Sgt. Hoffman said. They arrived within two minutes of the call and a minute of it being dispatched on the radio he said.

Police said undisclosed evidence was found at the scene. While people were believed to be in the vicinity of the shooting “cooperation with police has been limited so far.”

Just over two hours prior to the shooting, two occupied homes were struck by gunfire in the 400 block of East Water Street just over a mile away. No injuries were reported during the incident at approximately 12:30 a.m.

While Cpl. Hoffman said there was no indication that the shootings were related, that possibility is being considered given the relatively short time between them.

The investigation continues and police 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.

In less than a month, there have been four shooting incidents on New Street, leaving three people wounded. Other incidents include:

• On June 29, a 32-year-old woman was injured by debris after a bullet struck asphalt at approximately 12:43 a.m. in the first block of South New Street. Police said a firearm was discharged multiple times after two unknown men were involved in an altercation.

• On June 19, a residence in the 200 block of North New Street was damaged by four gunshots at approximately 2:20 a.m. No occupants were injured.

• On June 9, a 30-year-old man was shot in the cheek and a 22-year-old man in the leg during an incident in the unit block of S. New Street. A shots fired report was received at approximately 12:27 a.m. Neither victim’s injuries were life threatening. A home was struck.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include new information.