Man arrested in Smyrna shooting

SMYRNA – A 28-year-old Smyrna man was taken into custody without incident regarding an alleged April 18 shooting incident in Sunnyside Village, Smyrna Police spokesman Cpl. Brian Donner said.

Cardin Walls was apprehended Monday after investigation into an alleged verbal argument that escalated and resulted in a handgun’s discharge, Smyrna Police said. Mr. Qualls then left the scene on Dairy Drive with a child who saw the incident, police said. The Division of Family Services was later contacted.

Police described Mr. Qualls as returning to the residence with a firearm after the argument.

Cardin Qualls

Investigation was aided by neighbors and witnesses who provided surveillance video and their accounts of the incident, police said. Search warrants for Mr. Qualls and a vehicle were obtained. Tynequa Qualls, 30, allegedly interfered with police collecting evidence during the search warrant execution.

Mrs. Qualls was then arrested, police said, and allegedly resisted officers attempting to secure her in a holding area at Smyrna PD.

The firearm has not been located, police said.

Mr. and Mrs. Qualls were presented via video to Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach.

Mr. Qualls was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (seven counts), first-degree reckless endangering, terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $83,100 cash bond. A future court hearing was pending.

Mrs. Qualls was charged with hindering prosecution and resisting arrest. She was released on her own recognizance.

Smyrna Police noted the public’s assistance during the investigation.

“Gun violence is very rare in Smyrna,” Cpl. Donner said. “This is the first incident of its kind in 2019.

“While it is unfortunate, the fact that this incident was targeted and believed to be the result of an argument proves that it could have happened anywhere and is not a result of any community danger or widespread issue.”

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