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Shots Fired Leaves Dover Home and Fairview Elementary School Damaged

Incident Number: 50-23-15566

Date/Time: Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 7:50 a.m.

Location: Fair View Elementary School, 700 Walker Road 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 incident that left a home and a window at Fairview Elementary School damaged. The investigation began at approximately 7:50 a.m. on May 19th, when Dover Police received a call that a home in the 700 block of North West Street had been damaged by gunfire. Officers responded and located evidence consistent with the damage being caused by gunfire. The home was occupied at the time of the shooting however no residents were injured as a result. It was determined that at 1:10 a.m. Dover Police received a call for shots fired near the Hamlett Shopping Center, however no victims or crime scene were located at this time. Through further investigation, it was also revealed that a window at Fairview Elementary School had been damaged by gunfire during this same incident. No students or staff were present at the school the time of this shooting. Based on the information revealed through the investigation at this time, the school is not believed to be the intended target of this incident.

This 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 www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com ; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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