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Juvenile Arrested For Rockford Crossing Shooting

Incident/Complaint#:  50-23-23340

Date:  Saturday, July 22, 2023 at 02:38 a.m.

Location: Unit Block of Rockford Crossing

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


The Dover Police Department has arrested a 16-year-old black male of Dover following a shooting investigation that began early Saturday morning. The investigation began at 2:38 a.m. Saturday when a patrol officer stopped a stolen Kia Forte in Capital Green. Upon stopping the vehicle, one of the occupants ran, however the driver, the 16-year-old, was taken into custody without incident. Officers located shell casings inside of the vehicle at this time and they were collected as evidence.

At 2:43 a.m., the Dover Police Department received a call for shots fired in the unit block of Rockford Crossing. Officers responded and located a residence that was occupied by 5 individuals that had been struck by gunfire and was damaged. No injuries were reported as a result of this shooting. Detectives responded and began their investigation into this incident.

The 16-year-old was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500, two traffic charges, and was released on Saturday.

Detectives continued their investigation into the shooting and determined that there was a delay in the 911 call for the shots fired and the shooting happened prior to the 16-year-old being stopped in the stolen Kia. Further investigation lead detectives to find that the 16-year-old was involved in the shooting and they obtained warrants for his arrest.

On July 24, 2023 the 16-year-old turned himself in to Dover Police Department where he was processed and arraigned.

The 16-year-old was committed to Stevenson House on $29,000 secured bail on the following charges:
-Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
-Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
-Reckless Endangering First Degree (5x)
-Criminal Mischief Over $1,000 but Less than $5,000
-Hindering Prosecution