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Willis Road Shooting Incident 9-28-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-24467/24505

Date/Time:  See Narrative

Location:  100 Block of Willis Road, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

The Dover Police Department responded to the area of Dover Park on White Oak Road for several reports of shots fired in that area on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at 12:21 p.m.  Upon arrival, witnesses advised officers that a dark colored SUV was seen from Willis Road and had entered Manchester Square (Stevenson Drive).  At that time, officers heard additional shots being fired while on scene.  Responding officers then checked the area of Manchester Square and observed a dark-colored 2008 Ford Escape speeding through the neighborhood.  Officers stopped the car and contacted Samuel Horton (20), Daeron May (21), and a female subject.  It was learned through the following investigation that the three subjects were shot at in the 100 Block of Willis Road by an unknown suspect(s) in a vehicle.  Horton, May, and the female subject then attempted to chase the vehicle but were shot at a second time in the area of Acorn Lane and White Oak Road.  

Prior to searching the SUV, officers obtained a search warrant.  During the search two handguns were located behind the front passenger seat, wrapped in a black jacket.  One of the firearms was a .40 caliber handgun.  The second gun was a 9mm handgun that was reported stolen in June 2020 from Hopewell, Virginia.

Both Horton and May were arrested by police without incident at the time.  Both men were released on an O.R. Bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (only Daeron May received this charge)
-Receiving Stolen Firearm
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

The female subject was not charged in this case.

Daeron May
Dover, DE
Age: 21
Samuel Horton
Dover, DE
Age: 20










On Monday, September 28th at approximately 12:23 a.m., officers responded to another call for shots fired in the 100 Block of Willis Road (Mapleton Square Apartments).  Upon arrival, officers observed that the rear sliding glass door to an apartment was shattered after being struck by a single shot.  Officers contacted May, Horton, and the female subject from the earlier incident, who advised that their door was shot while they were inside the apartment.  The subjects refused to provide any further information about the incident.  No injuries were reported in this incident.

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 may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.