Arrest Made in Simon Circle Shooting, Police Seeking Second Shooter

Update:

The Dover Police Department has arrested one suspect in the shooting that injured a 25-year-old woman and killed a 24-year-old man during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 24th in the Simon Circle development.  After nearly two weeks of pursuing leads and investigating tips, Jakeel Young (18), was developed as a suspect and taken into custody without incident on Thursday, September 4th.  During the investigation of Jakeel Young, it was learned that he possessed a .25 caliber handgun.  The same handgun was recovered by Dover officers on a different person during an unrelated arrest on September 1st, 2014.  It was learned through the investigation that Young fired this weapon during the Simon Circle incident, striking the 25-year-old victim in the lower body, then fled the area.  Detectives from the Dover Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit are confident that there was two separate shooters during the Simon Circle incident based on ballistics evidence suggesting that the bullet that struck 24-year-old Tyson Henry was a different caliber than the .25 that was possessed by Jakeel Young.  At this time, detectives have developed a person of interest as the second shooter in the Simon Circle homicide and are working diligently to make an arrest.  Throughout the investigation, detectives have learned that there were over 50 people in the area when the shootings took place and are seeking more information from those persons to aid in solving this case.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or  call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Jakeel Young (18) Charges: Assault 1st Degree Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Jakeel Young (18)Charges:
Assault 1st Degree
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a FelonyBond Information:
Committed to James T. Vaughn Correction Center on $50,000 bond.

 

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


Original Release

Incident #: 50-14-22340     Date/Time: August 24th, 2014 at 1:24AM

Location: 300 Block of Simon Circle, Dover, DE

Narrative:
A 24-year-old man was killed and a 25-year-old woman injured after gunshots rang out after a party in the 300 block of Simon Circle early Sunday morning.  At approximately 1:24AM, Dover Police received numerous 911 calls reporting shots fired with at least one victim in the area.  Upon arrival, officers learned that a male and female victim were taken in separate vehicles to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover.  Tyson Henry (24), of New Castle, DE, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital as the result of a gunshot wound to his lower body.  A 25-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the lower half of her body and was taken into surgery for treatment.  She is now listed in serious but stable condition.  There is no relationship between the victims.  Detectives from the Dover Police Criminal Investigations Unit learned that both victims were attending a private house party in the 300 block of Simon Circle.  When the party let out just before 1:24AM, people gathered in the yard and street as they were walking towards their vehicles when gunshots rang out, striking Tyson Henry and the female victim.  This case is still under investigation and the department will issue updates as they develop.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111 or  call the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-Tip-3333 or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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

This is the second homicide in the City of Dover in the 2014 calendar year.  The first occurred one month ago on July 23rd, when 20-year-old Rashaad Lewis was stabbed multiple times during a large fight, eventually succumbing to his injuries on August 11th. Details of that case can be viewed here: http://wp.me/p407do-13O.

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