Update: 4 Shot In Dover Parking Lot

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Four people were shot early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the IHOP Restaurant on South Little Creek Road in Dover, and police in the city are continuing their investigation.

A 30-year-old man was found at the scene with a gunshot wound to the cheek. Police also learned that a 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle, a 23-year-old man was wounded in his lower leg, and a 25-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

The other three victims were taken privately to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. Police said no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police were told that a black Dodge Charger, occupied by two males, fled the scene after the shooting. A vehicle matching that description was seen near Kent General Hospital, and sped away when police were seen in the area. The vehicle was stopped later at South Governors Avenue and West North Street.

Two Smyrna men, 22-year-old Akeem Ferrell and 21-year-old Anthony Watson, were taken into custody. Police said Ferrell was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and a 9-mm handgun was found in the glove compartment of the car. Ferrell is charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, conspiracy, non-compliance with bond conditions (previous arrest) and possession of marijuana. Watson was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and conspiracy.

Police have not charged them in connection with the shooting incident.

(A complete news release from Dover Police follows:)

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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 the possible involvement the arrested suspects 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

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.

Original story:

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Four people were shot early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the IHOP restaurant on South Little Creek Road in Dover.

According to Dover Police, officers responded to reports of gunfire at about 2:38 a.m. One victim was found at the scene with a gunshot wound. Police learned that three additional victims had been taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.

Police said all of the victims’ injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.

The investigation is ongoing.