Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Presented by the Director of Public Information Sergeant Richard D. Bratz
Dover, DE – Troopers are currently investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning south of Dover.
The preliminary investigation revealed the incident occurred on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at approximately1:30 a.m., in the 1,000 block of John Clark Road, Rodney Village, as a 9-1-1 call was made reporting multiple shots fired during a party at a residence. Troopers arrived on scene, along with Dover and Camden Police. They secured the area and attempted to contact several witnesses as they tried to leave the location. Shortly after shots were fired, a 15 year old female victim was discovered to have sustained a gunshot wound to her upper extremity. The victim was transported by EMS to a local area hospital for her non-life threatening injury. The victim was not believed to be the intended target of the shooting.
Delaware State Police detectives conducted multiple interviews which revealed that an argument occurred outside of the residence. As several subjects were leaving, the argument escalated into a fight and shots were fired subsequently striking the victim.
The Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit assigned to Troop 3 is currently investigating this incident. The investigation is in the early stages and more information will be released when it becomes available.
If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective T. Ford at 302-698-8569. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
Released: 062516 1031