Dover Police seek gunman in afternoon shooting

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Dover Police responded to the shooting at about 1:55 p.m. Friday. Photo by Craig Anderson/Delaware State News

DOVER — An unidentified man was wounded in a Friday afternoon shooting in the Capital Green neighborhood and the shooter was still at large Friday night, Dover police said.

The victim, found in the driver’s seat of a gold Dodge Intrepid, was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and then flown to Christiana Hospital for additional treatment. Information on his condition was unavailable Friday night.

The suspect had not been located and might have fled the area, according to Dover Police Lt. Jason Pires late Friday afternoon.

The suspect is considered “armed and dangerous.”

The shooting victim was found in the driver’s seat of this car Friday.

The shooting victim was found in the driver’s seat of this car Friday.

Police said a person of interest has been identified.

The suspect, believed to reside in the area of Capital Green, is described as black male, 5-feet, 5 inches in height and weighing about 150 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt with blue or black jeans, Lt. Pires said.

“We have no idea of where he is now,” said Lt. Pires.

The crime scene was an alley way at East Water Street and Sussex Avenue.

“We have no idea what caused the shooting, but we don’t believe it was a random act,” said Lt. Pires.

Six to eight people were evacuated from two homes on opposite sides of the alley while the investigation took place, Lt. Pires said.

At about 1:54 p.m., police responded to several 9-1-1 calls of shots fired in the area and responded, according to Dover Police spokesman Mark Hoffman.

A bystander told the Delaware State News that there were 5-6 shots fired.

A Dover Police Crisis Negotiation Team was on the scene, along with trucks from the Kent County Department of Public Safety and Dover Fire Company.

A Delaware State Police helicopter hovered above the area at times Friday afternoon.

Dover Police said South Dover Elementary students, who live in the Capital Green neighborhood, were taken to Kent County Family Court near the entrance to the neighborhood.

At mid-afternoon, Dante Woolfolk was walking children home after picking them up from Family Court. Earlier, she learned of the shooting on Facebook and went to the Dover Police Department website to confirm. Once she learned officially what happened, she left immediately to pick up the kids.

Though she doesn’t live in the area, family members do.

“It makes me nervous for my sister, niece and nephew,” she said. “They’re in the middle of it.”

A lifelong Dover resident, 50-year-old David Brown said he heard on the streets that someone had been shot.

“It’s terrible, just terrible,” he said.

Mr. Brown called for a gun buyback program to pull some of the weapons off the streets.

“Even if just one is bought, that’s one less to (commit a crime with),” he said. “It could have prevented what happened today. You just never know.”

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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