Two unsolved homicides in two days, Dover Police reassure public

DOVER, Del. – There have been two homicides in Dover since Monday but as police search for the shooters they’re also reassuring the public, saying the city is safe.

“We believe both of these events to be targeted unfortunately. We don’t believe them to be random in nature. The general public should feel safe in the city,” says Sgt. Mark Hoffman with the Dover Police Department.

A 27-year old woman is the victim of the most recent shooting that happened just after midnight on Wednesday near South DuPont Highway and Loockerman Street. “When we responded there it was originally for a vehicle crash report but once we arrived our officers discovered a young female, in the driver’s seat of the vehicle that had hit a stop sign, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head,” says Hoffman.

The other happened early Monday morning in the 100 block of South New Street, a 32-year old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in an empty lot.

“It’s something that we take personal. It’s something that we are definitely upset about and again it’s very tragic to see any life lost by violence,” says Hoffman.

Police say they’ve made progress as they search for the shooters but add that the public plays a key role in helping them. “Without that cooperation it’s going to make things significantly slower as far as solving these crimes and preventing them,” says Hoffman.

A cash reward of up to one-thousand dollars is being offered to anyone that provides information that leads to an arrest. If you have information that may help police solve either of these homicides you’re asked to call the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.

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