DOVER — A vehicle was damaged by gunfire at an intersection Thursday, as a spate of recent violence in the city continued.
The gun-related incident was the eighth reported by Dover police since June 17 and 11th since May 30. Six persons have been wounded during the surge, including a homicide victim June 9, police said. Three arrests have been made in the cases, including for the homicide, according to authorities.
In the latest incident at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, near Bicentennial Boulevard and Declaration Drive, a Chevrolet Trailblazer was struck multiple times by gunfire discharged by a person in a GMC Terrain it had pulled in front of, Dover police spokesman Sgt. Mark Hoffman said. A nearby mailbox was also struck, but police said no injuries were reported.
Both vehicles left the scene after the shots were fired, according to police. The damaged Trailblazer was located in a nearby neighborhood. Its driver told officers that an argument had taken place in the The Shoppes at Hamlet shopping center at the corner of Walker and McKee roads prior to the shooting, police said. The driver was otherwise uncooperative, Sgt. Hoffman added.
Via video surveillance, detectives found that both vehicles had been in the shopping center, but officers were not able to determine if an altercation took place, Sgt. Hoffman said.
The investigation is ongoing, and police asked anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or here; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.