Dover’s fatal shootings climb to four

Delaware State Police block the entrance to McDonal’ds and the Best Western on Rt. 10 after an incident on Pine Cabin Road in Dover on Tuesday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting in Dover that left a man dead Tuesday. It was the area’s fourth fatal shooting since early January.

Spokeswoman Master Cpl. Me lissa Jaffe said troopers were dispatched to the parking lot between the McDonald’s and the Best Western off of Pine Cabin Road and East Lebanon Road for a shots fired report at approximately 2 p.m.

Upon arrival, troopers found an adult male in the area of the Premier Village Apartments deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

According to police reports, at least 14 other persons have been wounded by gunfire since Dec. 23. There have been 12 reported shooting incidents with injuries during that span.

Detectives and at least 10 police vehicles were at the scene around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, when the entrance to the McDonald’s and Best Western were blocked by Delaware Department of Transportation and emergency vehicles. Several officers with a police dog could be seen in front of a business on Pine Cabin Road.

Motorists were urged to seek alternate routes of travel at the time because Pine Cabin Road was closed. The entrances to Gener als Greene and to Premier Village Apartments remained opened to vehicles.

The man’s body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death. The victim’s identity was initially withheld pending notification of next of kin.

No suspect information was immediately available and police said details will be released as they become available, said Cpl. Jaffe.

The DSP Homicide Unit is investigating. Authorities asked anyone with information to contact Detective D. Grassi at 365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware. crimestoppersweb.com.

Dover area fatals

• A 34-year- old Dover woman was shot to death and four persons injured during a Feb. 10 shooting in the 200 block of West Reed Street. The woman died from a gunshot wound to the upper body, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police responded to a shots fired report at approximately at 1:54 a.m. Two men and a woman were initially found to be wounded and police later discovered another man had been wounded. The injuries were non-life threatening, police said.

• On Jan. 24, a 19-year-old Dover area man was shot to death in the area of Country Club Apartments off of Forest Avenue. The incident was reported at approximately 2:55 a.m.

Police were told a person was lying near the Q Building of the apartment complex. Arriving officers found a man had been shot multiple times. He was unconscious at the time and pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel responding to provide aid, authorities said.

• On Jan. 6, a 15-year-old Milford boy called 911 to report he had been shot. Officers went to an alley at the rear of Paul Street, near Davis Circle at approximately 9:49 p.m.

Police found the victim had been shot multiple times. He was conscious when officers arrived, but authorities said he died at Bayhealth- Kent General Hospital after a quick transport by medical personnel.

Police said there were no witnesses in the area when officers arrived.

Delaware State Police investigate the area near Building D at Premier Village Apartments after an Incident on Pine Cabin Road in Dover on Tuesday.

Delaware State Police with a K9 investigate after an incident on Pine Cabin Road in Dover on Tuesday.