Dover Police detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred near the junction of South New Street and West Reed Street in downtown Dover.


Dover Police detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred near the junction of South New Street and West Reed Street in downtown Dover.

Police cordoned off a one-block radius for some time late Monday morning into the early afternoon as they collected evidence and sought information from neighbors and passersby regarding the apparent murder.

The Dover Police 911 Communications Center received multiple calls regarding a young man that was shot in the area of South New Street and Reed Street, Dover Police Lt. Benton Counselman said Monday afternoon. Police who responded to the scene arrived to find a 19-year-old male down on the ground.

The man had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Counselman said. The victim was transported to Bay Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, he said.

Police had no further details at this time on what is officially a homicide investigation, Counselman said.

Several bystanders assembling out of sheer curiosity told police they had seen nothing.

Samantha Peters, who lives on South New Street, said it seemed to her that violence in her neighborhood had increased since late August. And this latest police scene made Peters want to move from her Dover home, which she shares with her mother, one of her sons, a grandson and a young, adopted son.

Across the street, neighbor Brian Hicks had just gotten home shortly after noon to see his street crawling with police collecting evidence. But it was no surprise to Hicks. The scene was just the latest for an area known for incidents – Reed and South New streets.

Police will release further information as the investigation continues, Counselman said.