Magnolia man charged in Dover shooting incident


DOVER — A 23-year-old Magnolia man has been arrested in alleged connection to a Sept. 1 shooting incident at Alder Park Apartments, authorities said Thursday.

The Delaware State Police alleged that Khalil-Mahl T. Hanzer struck two persons in the head with a handgun during an apartment party and then discharged the weapon before fleeing.

Mr. Hanzer was taken into custody by detectives Tuesday after leaving a residence at Alder Park Apartments at 51 Webbs Lane, spokesman Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said. A 9mm handgun was located during an ensuing search warrant execution at the apartment, police alleged.

After arraignment through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, Mr. Hanzer was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $154,000 cash bond.

In announcing the alleged incident last month, the suspect was described as a 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 tall black male weighing between 200 to 210 pounds, with a beard, wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants. An arrest affidavit listed Mr. Hanzer as a black male standing 5-4 tall and weighing 200 pounds, wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt and tan pants.

According to police in documents, Mr. Hanzer allegedly first threw a 21-year-old man to the ground during an argument and began “hitting him while holding a black handgun in his hand.” The person suffered a one-inch long gash to his forearm, the affidavit claimed.

Khalil-Mahl T. Hanzer

A 20-year-old man “attempted to calm the situation down when he was hit in the back of the head by the butt of the handgun by Khalil Hanzer,” a trooper alleged in court documents. A one-inch long gash to back of his head required attention, police said.

A 20-year-old woman was struck in the forehead with the butt of a handgun while trying to intervene and suffered a one-inch long gash, police said.

Before leaving, police alleged, a suspect allegedly fired a handgun in the vicinity of the three persons and several others standing in a “crowded apartment.”

Two persons were transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, where they were treated and released for their non-life threatening injuries. Police said it was not known if the 21-year-man sought immediate medical attention.

The alleged incident took place in apartment “K5” at the residential complex, police said.

Charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by person prohibited, and three counts each of second-degree assault, reckless endangering and aggravated menacing. Following the search warrant, Mr. Hanzer was charged with possession of firearm or ammunition by person prohibited and possession of a weapon with no serial number.

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