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Four Shot in IHOP Parking Lot, Two Men Arrested on Gun Charges 2-28-2021

Incident Number: 50-21-5548

Date/Time:  Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Location: Parking lot of IHOP on South Little Creek Road, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting incident that left four people wounded with non-life threatening injuries.  At approximately 2:38 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of IHOP on South Little Creek Road for several reports of shots fired.  A 30-year-old male was contacted on scene with a gunshot wound to the cheek.  While that victim was being treated and transported from the scene, officers were notified that three additional victims had been privately transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital:
-22-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the ankle
-23-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the lower leg
-25-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen
All of the victim’s injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

Responding officers were advised that a black Dodge Charger, occupied by two black males, fled the scene immediately after the shooting.  Patrol officers located a vehicle matching that description in the area of Kent General Hospital.  The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed when the occupants observed police in the area. Officers stopped the vehicle at S. Governors Avenue and West North Street.

Officers took Akeem Ferrell (22, Smyrna) and Anthony Watson (21, Smyrna) into custody without incident.  Ferrell was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana during the arrest.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle and located a 9mm handgun in the glove compartment.

The investigation continues in this case, including any possible involvement the arrested suspects potentially had in the shooting incident.  The department will release more information as it becomes available.

Ferrell was released after posting a $4,000 secured bond on the following charges:
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
-Non-compliance with Bond Conditions (prior arrest)
-Possession of Marijuana (civil)

Watson was released on an O.R. Bond on the following charges:
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

Anthony Watson
Akeem Ferrell










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.