Police receiving little cooperation in Dover shootings


DOVER — The city’s latest shooting victim barely cooperated with investigators afterward, police said, following similar responses from those wounded by gunfire recently.

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg early Tuesday morning in the area of Walker and Saulsbury roads and transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital by a bystander, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. The victim’s injuries were considered non-life threatening, according to authorities.

The injured man would only say he was shot near the 7-11 at the Hamlet Shopping Center, police said. He arrived at the hospital at approximately 12:30 a.m.

Information provided in recent incidents has been limited, police said.

“More often than not, the victims have been minimally cooperative at best,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

A regularity of gunfire-related incidents has prompted police to take a proactive approach to enforcing the law, Cpl. Hoffman said, but more help is needed from citizens.

“We have seen a trend in shootings/shots fired in certain parts of the city over the last month which is concerning,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

“We have deployed resources to those areas to prevent crimes from occurring, however, we also need help from our community. It is extremely difficult to solve these cases when you are getting little to no cooperation from witnesses, neighbors, and even the victims themselves.

It was unknown if Tuesday’s shooting was a random act, police said, and whether he was alone at the time. Authorities could not disclose if he lived in the area.

Dover Police asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover PD MyPD Mobile App.

Other shooting incidents in Dover within the last month included:

•At approximately 4:48 a.m. last Saturday, a home in the 300 block of North Bradford Street was shot nine times. Seven people were inside at the time and no injuries were reported.

Two black males were seen running from the scene and fled in a dark colored SUV, possibly a Cadillac Escalade, a witness told police.

•Last Friday, a 23-year-old man was wounded in the foot in a drive-by shooting in the 1400 block of South Farmview Drive at approximately 6:18 p.m. A silver Chevrolet Impala circled around and the gunfire resumed, police said, and the victim returned fire. The residence was struck by several rounds.

•On May 17, a 22-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his head and gunshot wound to his hand in the 200 block of North New Street. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the hospital.

A home was also struck by one round at approximately 9:27 p.m., police said.

•On May 15, a 22-year-old suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower body in the first block of South New Street. Officers responded to a shots fired report at roughly 2:14 a.m.

•On May 2, a vehicle’s driver’s side window was shattered when struck by a bullet in the first block of South New Street at approximately 10:02 p.m. The driver was uninjured and did not see the source of the gunshot.

•On April 26, a residence in the first block of South New Street was shot at approximately 3:02 a.m., along with an unoccupied vehicle. No injuries were reported.

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