Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
The Delaware State Police have arrested 22-year-old Sabre Bratcher of Dover, Delaware, 20-year-old Jason Cruz of Felton, Delaware, 19-year-old Taron Marsh of Dover, Delaware, a 17-year-old male of Dover, Delaware, and a 16-year-old male of Dover, Delaware for a shooting that occurred yesterday evening.
On July 2, 2023, at approximately 6:35 p.m., troopers responded to a shooting at a large party at the soccer field located at the 200 block of Lewis Drive in Dover. Troopers located a 30-year-old woman with a gunshot wound, and discovered two vehicles had been struck by gunfire. One of the vehicles was occupied by a 30-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, neither of whom was struck or injured by gunfire. The second car was unoccupied.
The woman was transported by EMS to an area hospital for her injury and is in stable condition.
Witnesses reported multiple suspects were shooting at each other, and one of the suspects fled in a silver 2007 Mercury Milan.
At approximately 9:51 p.m., patrol officers from Dover Police Department saw and stopped the Milan, and all five occupants of the vehicle were detained. Troopers searched the vehicle and found two concealed handguns, and additional ammunition.
The suspects were transported to Troop 3, and were charged with the following crimes:
Bratcher was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Womens Correctional Institution on $61,500 cash bond.
Cruz was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $134,000 cash bond.
Marsh was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $126,500 cash bond.
The 17-year-old male was arraigned by Kent County Family Court and was released to his parent on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
The 16-year-old male was arraigned by Kent Family Court and was released to his parent on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation. We encourage anyone who has information about the incident, knows the identities of the suspects, or has any images or video of the incident to contact Detective J. Lloyd of the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit by calling 302-698-8502. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
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