Dover teen shot in face

DOVER — A 17-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday night after being struck in the face with bird shot at a residence, police said.

It was the city’s sixth shooting incident in roughly a month, the second involving injuries.

The wounded youth arrived at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital as officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1400 block of S. Farmview Drive at approximately 7:20 p.m., Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The victim was reportedly hit with pellets from a shotgun shell, authorities said. A nearby home was also struck by gunfire.

The youth was outside when shot, police said, though his proximity to the residence was unclear.

No weapon was recovered, Cpl. Hoffman said, and the shooter or shooters likely fled on foot.

No other injuries were reported.

Police said no motive for the shooting had been established, and no suspect or suspects were immediately identified.

Detectives canvased the area as investigation began, but no further details were disclosed.

Dover Police ask anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted my calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.tipsubmit.com or through the MyPD Mobile App.

According to police, other recent incidents in Dover included:

• Two men shot Friday at 1:49 a.m. in the unit block of South New Street, suffering non-life threatening injuries.

• A home in the 100 block of Ann Drive struck by gunfire at least eight times at 12:10 a.m. on Dec. 5, and a vehicle twice. A father and son inside the home were uninjured.

• On Nov. 28, two parked and unoccupied vehicles were shot in the unit block of South New Street.

• Two to three shots were fired into the floor of a residence at Kent Apartments at 30 S. New Street on Nov. 23 after a gunman asked “Where’s the stuff?”

• Two shots were fired into the front door of a unit block residence on South New Street on Nov. 11, and cash was taken.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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