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17-Year-Old Arrested in Elks Lodge Shooting 7-9-14

Incident #: 50-14-17471      Date/Time:  Sunday, July 6th at 12:32Am

Location: Elks Lodge, 217 North Kirkwood Street, Dover, Delaware

  The Dover Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting of two people at a Dover Elks Lodge just after midnight on Sunday, July 6th.  The incident occurred when James Ewell (17) entered the establishment just 3 minutes after midnight on Sunday, July 6th, without security/lodge staff noticing.  Shortly after he entered the lodge, Ewell fired at least three shots, leaving two men injured.  A 44-year-old male victim was struck twice in the upper leg and a 25-year-old male was shot in the lower leg.  Both victims were treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Witnesses in the lodge at the time of the shooting advised officers that the suspect (Ewell) was approximately 16-20 years of age.  Detectives working the case reviewed surveillance footage of the Elks lodge entrance/lobby area and were able to identify the suspect, even seeing a 9mm handgun in his hand as he fled the lodge after the shooting.  Further investigation by the Criminal Investigations Unit revealed James Ewell as a suspect.  Photos of Ewell were obtained and matched the suspect shown in the Elks Lodge surveillance video footage.  Ewell was arrested on Tuesday evening at the William Marion Stevenson House Detention Center.  Ewell was being held there on unrelated charges after the shooting occurred.  Bond information is not available at the time of this release.


  • Assault 1st Degree (2x)
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
  • Burglary 2nd Degree
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (firearm)
James Ewell Age: 17
James Ewell
Age: 17










Officer Releasing Information: Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer