Dover man in stable condition after Monday night shooting

Police are investigating a Monday night shooting at the Dover East Estates mobile home development. (Delaware State News/Craig Anderson)

Police are investigating a Monday night shooting at the Dover East Estates mobile home development. (Delaware State News/Craig Anderson)

DOVER — Another city shooting on Monday night left a 27-year-old man in stable condition after surgery, and no suspect information available, the Dover Police Department said.

The latest incident occurred in the Dover East Estates mobile home development when the victim was struck in the left arm after seeing an unknown vehicle drive slowly past his home at approximately 9:10 p.m., spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The victim was outside at the time of the shooting, according to authorities. Police did not disclose whether anyone else was in the residence at the time.

DOVER SHOOTINGS Following is a recap of 17 shooting and homicide incidents in Dover in the past 10 months, according to Dover Police Department news releases: 2014 • On Aug. 11, a 20-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a July 23 stabbing incident in the unit block of South New Street. Two men were later arrested. Police said it was Dover’s first homicide since Feb. 1, 2013, and that shooting of an 18-year-old Dover man at Whatcoat Village Apartments on Whatcoat Lane later brought a conviction. • On Aug. 17, a man was shot in the leg in the 100 block of South New Street. A 34-year-old Dover man was later arrested. • On Aug. 24, a 24-year-old man was killed and a 25-year-old woman injured during a post-party shooting in the 300 block of Simon Circle, police said. The homicide was ruled an act of self-defense by the Dover Police. • On Aug. 27, a man was shot in the foot in the area of Kirkwood and Division streets. State and city police used K-9 and aviation units to search the area but did not find a suspect.  However, on Dec. 17 police said warrants were obtained for Thomas C. Harris, 22, of Hartly, on charges of second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by person prohibited. • On Oct. 19, a 26-year-old male was shot in the left hip during an incident at the Walter L. Fox American Legion Post 2 at 835 Bay Road, police said.  •On Oct. 31, police said they responded to an early evening shooting in which a 26-year-old male was wounded in the hand in the area of the 300 block of Fulton Street. • On Nov. 1, a 22-year-old male Wesley College student was shot six times as a Halloween party was ending in the early morning. Police said a fight between a group of party-goers had occurred, and a suspect fired toward a group of people on Loockerman Street, just east of South State Street. • On Nov. 2, a Driftwood Spirits Liquor Store clerk allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun at a man who was banned from the store, and was arrested. The alleged incident occurred at 153 S. Bradford St. 2015 • On Jan. 25, the death of an 18-year-old Dover man was deemed a homicide after he was found lying next to railroad tracks south of Walker Road. He had been shot. • On March 7, a 20-year-old Dover female was shot once during an incident at the Capital Inn at 1426 N. DuPont Highway. Police were told approximately 10 males were present before officers arrived. • On March 9, a 23-year-old male was shot in the upper right leg at the Super Lodge Motel at 246 N. DuPont Highway. • On April 26, a 29-year-old male died of a single gun shot in the area of the unit block of North New Street. • On April 28, a 20-year-old Dover man was shot in the 100 block of South Queen Street, and an arrest was later made. • On April 30, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed in a Pine Grove Apartments parking lot at 255 Webbs Lane. Two men were later arrested. • On May 13, a 19-year-old Smyrna man died after being shot on Harmony Lane in the Walker Woods development. • On May 15, a 19-year-old man was shot in the alley between Sussex Avenue and East Water Street in the Capital Green Development. Police said Rakim Strickland, 25, of the 600 block of River Road in Dover,was a person of interest, and wanted on a first-degree attempted murder charge, among other alleged offenses. • On May 18, a 27-year-old Dover man was shot as a vehicle drove slowly past his residence in the Dover East Estates mobile home development at 1061 S. Little Creek Road.

DOVER SHOOTINGS
Following is a recap of 17 shooting and homicide incidents in Dover in the past 10 months, according to Dover Police Department news releases:
2014
• On Aug. 11, a 20-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a July 23 stabbing incident in the unit block of South New Street. Two men were later arrested.
Police said it was Dover’s first homicide since Feb. 1, 2013, and that shooting of an 18-year-old Dover man at Whatcoat Village Apartments on Whatcoat Lane later brought a conviction.
• On Aug. 17, a man was shot in the leg in the 100 block of South New Street. A 34-year-old Dover man was later arrested.
• On Aug. 24, a 24-year-old man was killed and a 25-year-old woman injured during a post-party shooting in the 300 block of Simon Circle, police said. The homicide was ruled an act of self-defense by the Dover Police.
• On Aug. 27, a man was shot in the foot in the area of Kirkwood and Division streets. State and city police used K-9 and aviation units to search the area but did not find a suspect.
However, on Dec. 17 police said warrants were obtained for Thomas C. Harris, 22, of Hartly, on charges of second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by person prohibited.
• On Oct. 19, a 26-year-old male was shot in the left hip during an incident at the Walter L. Fox American Legion Post 2 at 835 Bay Road, police said.
•On Oct. 31, police said they responded to an early evening shooting in which a 26-year-old male was wounded in the hand in the area of the 300 block of Fulton Street.
• On Nov. 1, a 22-year-old male Wesley College student was shot six times as a Halloween party was ending in the early morning. Police said a fight between a group of party-goers had occurred, and a suspect fired toward a group of people on Loockerman Street, just east of South State Street.
• On Nov. 2, a Driftwood Spirits Liquor Store clerk allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun at a man who was banned from the store, and was arrested. The alleged incident occurred at 153 S. Bradford St.
2015
• On Jan. 25, the death of an 18-year-old Dover man was deemed a homicide after he was found lying next to railroad tracks south of Walker Road. He had been shot.
• On March 7, a 20-year-old Dover female was shot once during an incident at the Capital Inn at 1426 N. DuPont Highway. Police were told approximately 10 males were present before officers arrived.
• On March 9, a 23-year-old male was shot in the upper right leg at the Super Lodge Motel at 246 N. DuPont Highway.
• On April 26, a 29-year-old male died of a single gun shot in the area of the unit block of North New Street.
• On April 28, a 20-year-old Dover man was shot in the 100 block of South Queen Street, and an arrest was later made.
• On April 30, a 19-year-old man was shot and killed in a Pine Grove Apartments parking lot at 255 Webbs Lane.
• On May 13, a 19-year-old Smyrna man died after being shot on Harmony Lane in the Walker Woods development. Two men were later arrested.
• On May 15, a 19-year-old man was shot in the alley between Sussex Avenue and East Water Street in the Capital Green Development. Police said Rakim Strickland, 25, of the 600 block of River Road in Dover,was a person of interest, and wanted on a first-degree attempted murder charge, among other alleged offenses.
• On May 18, a 27-year-old Dover man was shot as a vehicle drove slowly past his residence in the Dover East Estates mobile home development at 1061 S. Little Creek Road.

The incident was Dover’s sixth shooting in 23 days, including three homicides. Arrests have been made in three cases, and a suspect identified in a fourth.

In just less than 10 months, Dover police have investigated 17 shootings and/or homicides, according to news releases. Arrests have been announced in four cases, with suspects identified publicly in two others.

One homicide was ruled self-defense by authorities.

Three of four homicides in 2015 are unsolved, and there are 10 shooting incidents overall (including homicides) with no suspect or suspects identified publicly.

Police said they believe Monday’s victim was targeted, and the incident was not a random shooting.
Authorities said four to five shots were fired and they only were aware of the wound to the arm.

“It is unknown if the other shots hit anything,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

The victim was in stable condition after surgery at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, police said.

Detectives at the scene interviewed neighbors who said they heard multiple gunshots, but did not witness anything significant during the incident.

A motive for the most recent shooting had not been established, police said, but “The majority of shootings/murders have been connected to the illegal drug trade,” according to Cpl. Hoffman.

The crime scene was listed as 1061 S. Little Creek Road, the Dover East Estates development’s address.

The specific residential site was undisclosed.

Police described the victim’s cooperation in the investigation as “minimal.”

In general terms, Cpl. Hoffman said, investigation is hampered with limited or no response from the victim.

“Victims are obviously the best eyewitness the majority of the time,” he said. “When their cooperation is minimal or non-existent, it makes solving a case very difficult.”

Officers responded within approximately two minutes of police receiving a call or calls from unknown sources.

Members of the Dover Police’s Patrol Unit went to the scene, along with the Criminal Investigations Unit. Authorities remained there until approximately 11:10 p.m., Cpl. Hoffman said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Dover Police at 736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips also can be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers lines at (800) TIP-3333.
Online tips can be sent to www.tipsubmit.com or via the Dover Police’s My PD Mobile App.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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