Dover Teen Arrested For Murder Following Shooting In Capital Green

Incident Number: 50-24-15984

Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 at 10:26 a.m.

Location: 400 Block of River Road, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email:

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested a 17-year-old male, of Dover, on murder charges, following a shooting that occurred Wednesday morning. The investigation began at 10:26 a.m., when Dover Police Department was called for shots fired from within a residence located in the 400 block of River Road. Officers responded and located the victim, a 54-year-old male of Seaford, inside of the residence, who had sustained a gun shot wound to his upper body as a result of the shooting. Officers and emergency medical personnel rendered aid to the victim on scene until he was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus. Tragically, the 54-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notifications.

The ensuing investigation revealed that the 54-year-old victim and the suspect were involved in a verbal and physicaly altercation inside of the residence. During this altercation, the 17-year-old obtained a firearm and shot the victim. The suspect left the residence prior to Police arrival.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., the 17-year-old came to Dover Police Department to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident.

The 17-year-old was committed to Stevenson House Detention Center on $535,000 cash bail on the following charges:
-Murder in the First Degree
-Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
-Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited

The 17-year-old is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a 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  by email at:

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