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UPDATE – Dover Man Arrested in Atlanta Georgia for September Simon Circle Shooting

**UPDATE 10/21/2022** – Syncere Friends, 23, of Dover, DE has been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia by the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force for the September 5th shooting in Simon Circle that left a 19-year-old Dover woman injured. Through the investigation, Friends was developed as a suspect and Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. On October 20th at 6:00 a.m., members of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force contacted Friends at a residence in the 900 block of Washington Place SW Atlanta, GA. Friends was taken into custody without incident and is awaiting extradition to Delaware where he will be formally charged with the following:

-Assault First Degree
-Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person
-Reckless Endangering
-Violation of Probation

Syncere Friends
Dover, DE


Incident Number: 50-22-27466

Date/Time:  Monday, September 5, 2022, at 2:44 a.m.

Location: Simon Circle and Hayes Circle, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred early Monday morning that left a 19-year-old Dover woman injured. At 2:44 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Simon Circle and Hayes Circle reported hearing several shots fired. Officers responded to this location and located the victim, who had sustained a gun shot wound to her upper torso. Officers rendered aid to the victim until EMS arrived. The victim was then transported to Bayheath Kent Campus for further treatment. 

Through the ensuing investigation, it was determined that there had been a verbal argument between two male subjects in the 300 block of Simon Circle. During the argument, one of the subjects displayed a firearm and discharged it several times in the direction of the victim, causing her to sustain the injury to her upper torso.

Officers checked the area where this shooting occurred and located several spent shell casings.