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Two Men Arrested Shortly After Shooting At Dover Pancake Restaurant

The Dover Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting incident that left four people wounded Sunday, according to Public Information Officer Sergeant Mark Hoffman.

Hoffman said 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 Smyrna men into custody without incident. One of the men 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, said Hoffman.

Hoffman said 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.

One man 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)

The other man was released on an O.R. Bond on the following charges:
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree

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