Delaware State Police investigating shooting in Fenwick Island

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. — Delaware State Police, at the request of the Fenwick Island Police Department, is investigating an early morning shooting in the town limits.

Police say the incident occurred around 2:43 a.m. on Friday, when a 911 call was placed to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Sussex County reporting suspicious activity outside a home  in the unit block of West Atlantic Street.

We’re told a Fenwick Island Police Officer responded to the house and observed a Jeep Wrangler on fire. The officer and victims were able to extinguish the fire just before noticing some bullet holes in siding of the house and a front window shattered. We’re also told at least six shell casings were found in the roadway in front of the home, that are alleged to have been fired from a handgun.

According to authorities, further investigation revealed four women were outside Seacrets in Ocean City waiting on an Uber, when they were approached by two men. A conversation ensued and the men, identified as Andre J. Blakeney, 33 of Waldorf, MD and Finis A. Miles, 27 of Clinton, MD, offered to drive the group home. The girls reportedly agreed, but along the way, we’re told they began to feel uncomfortable and asked to be let out of the vehicle.

Police say a discussion about paying for the ride ensued and one of the victim’s paid the driver $35.00. The four women then went to an undisclosed location prior to going to their house, for fear they might have been followed. After feeling it was safe to go into their house, they reportedly heard someone talking outside and saw the male passenger from the vehicle, walking up to the front door. Soon after, they heard some type of banging on the side of the house and thought the subjects were hitting the house with an unknown object. It was later determined to be gunshots.

Luckily, none of the victims were injured.

Police say Blakeney and Miles fled the area prior to the Fenwick Island Police Officer’s arriving on the scene. The officer was able to provide a description of the suspect’s black Toyota Tundra to the EOC and Ocean City Police Department (OCPD).

OCPD located the vehicle and the two suspects and were able to take them into custody without incident.

Delaware State Police have obtained warrants on  for the following charges:

  • 4 counts of Reckless Endangering 1st
  • Criminal Mischief over $5,000
  • Conspiracy 2nd
  • Criminal Trespass 3rd

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has also obtained warrants for Blakeney and Miles for Arson 2nd and Conspiracy 2nd.

Both Blakeney and Miles will be arrested on their charges in Delaware upon extradition from Maryland at a later date.