It was a hectic scene in Dewey Beach on Saturday night, as officers responded to reports of gunshots in the area of Saulsbury Street just before midnight.
A Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agent reported hearing and seeing a gunshot and apprehended male suspects, all in their 20s and from the Pennsylvania area. When Dewey Beach Police arrived, it was determined through an investigation that they were involved in a large fight with other suspects who fled the scene. The suspects were taken into custody for questioning and later released. No charges have been filed at this time and police say those arrested were cooperating with the investigation.
Meanwhile, Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach is being praised for its response to the shooting, which cause a chaotic scene, as people scrambled to shelter and safety. Initial social media posts stated that the shooting took place at the restaurant, which Dewey Beach Police and the restaurant quickly said was not the case. Instead, the restaurant initiated safety protocols to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.
In a Facebook post, Starboard says “As soon as we were alerted of the incident, our security staff immediately initiated the safety protocols they’ve been trained to follow. They asked all patrons remain inside and “shelter in place” until we confirmed what was actually happening. We took action based on everyone’s best interest and safety, and as soon as we confirmed all was OK, we let everyone know it was safe to proceed with their evening.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Dewey Beach Police at 302-227-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. No injuries were reported and no firearms were recovered on the scene.