Police: Argument Over Bicycle Leads To Man Shooting 11-Year-Old Girl With BB Gun

Delaware State Police arrested James Adkins, 18, of Ellendale, on criminal charges Tuesday night following an altercation, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on June 8, 2021, at approximately 8:19 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the 18000 block of New Hope Road in Ellendale, for a reported shooting. Through the investigation, troopers determined an argument occurred between Adkins and an 11-year-old girl about her riding Adkins’s bicycle.

During the incident, Adkins retrieved a BB gun from his residence and shot at the victim, striking her in the lower torso, according to Pepper. The victim sustained a minor injury as a result but was not transported for medical attention. Adkins was taken into custody at his residence without incident and transported to Troop 7, where he was charged with the following crimes:

Assault Second Degree (Felony)
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Menacing

Atkins was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and released on a $4,500.00 unsecured bond.

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