State police searching for Dover shooting suspect

DOVER — Delaware State Police are attempting to locate a 28-year-old Dover man, who is wanted in connection with a shooting that took place at a Dover-area Royal Farms on Saturday afternoon.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said the initial investigation determined that at approximately 1:07 p.m., Saturday, Anthony P. Taylor was seated in the front passenger seat of a vehicle that was parked in the lot of the Royal Farms, located at 6 W. Lebanon Road, Dover.

While seated in the vehicle, Mr. Taylor was approached at his door by a 33-year-old male, who he allegedly had a history of altercations with. The man opened the door to the vehicle and a verbal altercation ensued between the two, during which the male allegedly punched Mr. Taylor. At this time Mr. Taylor allegedly produced a handgun and fired one round, striking the male

Cpl. Austin said that after being shot, the man fled to an awaiting vehicle, driven by an acquaintance, who then drove him to an area hospital, where he was treated for a single gunshot wound to his upper torso. After the shooting, Mr. Taylor allegedly moved to the driver’s seat of the vehicle he was seated in and fled the area.

Anthony P. Taylor

Cpl. Austin said the investigation also determined that the 28-year-old female who was originally the driver of the vehicle in which Mr. Taylor was seated, had exited the vehicle during the altercation in an attempt to intervene and sustained minor injuries as a result of being struck by debris created when the round was fired.

The vehicle in which Mr. Taylor fled the scene has been recovered however he is still at large.

Warrants are on file charging Mr. Taylor with one count each of first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and first-degree reckless endangering.

Mr. Taylor is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective R. Wright of the Troop 3 Major Crimes Unit at 302-698-8429 or by calling 911.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

Reach the Delaware State News newsroom at newsroom@newszap.com

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