Police seek suspect in Dover shooting

DOVER — A suspect is sought after a 26-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his arm and leg Sunday night, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said.

The alleged incident occurred around 8:56 at Dover Park at 1210 White Oak Road, and police determined that several Delaware State University students were at a party there at the time. According to a police news release, the gathering “may have been an unsanctioned student party.”

Police were initially called to the area following a shots-fired report. The wounded man was transported by ambulance to Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, for treatment, authorities said.

Devone Humphrey

After reviewing surveillance footage, police determined that Devone Humphrey, 22, was allegedly seen carrying a gun and fleeing in a gray Dodge Challenger. Based on the footage and evidence collected, he was not believed to be the person who shot the victim, police said.

Officers spoke with attendees at the gathering and determined that some were DSU students, Sgt. Hoffman said.

School spokesman Carlos Holmes confirmed that Mr. Humphrey is a DSU student and that “we have an judicial affairs process, but we do not share information concerning any specific cases as that would be a violation of such student’s privacy.”

Mr. Holmes added, “I can also generally confirm that it is against the university’s Code of Conduct to have a firearm on campus.”

While Mr. Humphrey was a member of DSU’s football team, he had not yet played for the Hornets after sitting out last season as a transfer student. His current status with the program is unknown, Mr. Holmes said.

Police went to campus and located a gray Dodge Challenger. An AR-15 rifle was found on the vehicle’s rear floor, authorities said. Mr. Humphrey was taken into custody without incident, according to Sgt. Hoffman.

A handgun was also found under the driver’s seat of the vehicle, police said.

Mr. Humphrey was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and released on his own recognizance bond.

The investigation continues, and police ask anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

Other recent incidents

The shooting incident was the city area’s fifth since Aug. 26, according to police reports. Others included:

• On Thursday, three unoccupied vehicles were damaged by gunfire at approximately 10:36 p.m. in the 300 block of Simon Circle. One witness reported that multiple shots were discharged from a vehicle with several people inside. No injuries were reported.

• On Sept. 1, an 18-year-old male was shot in the chest around 1:50 a.m. while in the area of 300 Isabelle Isle. The man was sitting in his car in a parking lot when he heard multiple shots fired, then fled in his vehicle and on foot. The injury was non-life threatening, and the victim was unable to provide a description of a possible suspect or suspect vehicle.

• On Aug. 31, two men told police multiple shots were fired at them at 6:30 p.m. from the rear of an apartment building in the 100 block of Willis Road. No injuries were reported in the incident. The two men refused to speak with arriving detectives and failed to appear for an interview when contacted by phone, police said.

• On Aug. 26, a 29-year-old man was sought (and arrested on Aug. 30) after multiple gunshots at approximately 12:24 p.m. in the Alpha Medical Care parking lot. The gunfire followed a domestic altercation, police said. No injuries were reported.