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Shooting on S. Governors Avenue 4-2-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-10392

Date/Time:   Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 4:57PM

Location:   In front of 26 South Governors Avenue, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured a 32-year-old Dover man on Sunday afternoon.  At approximately 4:57PM, the victim was shot in the abdomen by an unknown suspect while in the area of 26 S. Governors Avenue.  The victim was transported by private vehicle to Bayhealth Kent General where he underwent surgery for his injuries, and was later transported to Christiana Hospital for additional treatment and is in stable condition.  In addition to the victim, a nearby vehicle was struck, as was the north side of the Dover Fire Department located at S. Governors and Reed Streets.  No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses initially reported that the suspected gunman ran into an apartment inside 26 S. Governors Avenue.  These reports prompted the response of the Dover Police Department’s Special Operations Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Kent County Department of Public Safety, and various units from the Delaware State Police for approximately four hours from 5:30PM-9:30PM.  During that time the residents inside 26 S. Governors Avenue, as well as neighboring residents were removed from their homes.  Officers checked three apartments that makeup the structure and did not locate any suspects.  The scene was cleared of all emergency personnel and the street re-opened at approximately 10:00PM. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com.