Dover Police have arrested a local man and a teenager in connection with a shooting that took place Saturday night.
Officers were called at 11:04 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Spruance Road after receiving a call about gunshots being fired into the building, said police spokesman Lt. Daniel McKeown. Witnesses identified one person, Isaiah Thomas, 18, as the shooter and said the shots were fired into the victim's apartment as retaliation for an earlier dispute at the Whatcoat apartment complex.
The victim, who was not named, was inside the building with her six grandchildren. None of those inside were hurt, although the bullets penetrated the siding and walls as well as a door. The victim's vehicle also was hit, shattering the windows.
The department's Criminal Investigations Unit recovered .380-caliber shell casings at the scene, McKeown said.
Approximately 90 minutes later, at 12:41 a.m. Sunday, police again responded to a call about shots being fired, this time at a home in the 900 block of Whatcoat Drive. Witnesses said a black man had fired shots at the east side of the building, and then was seen entering a silver Nissan Versa. No one was injured and there was no damage during this incident.
Detectives with the CIU recovered additional .380-caliber shells after this shooting, McKeown said.
A little more than two hours later, at 2:59 a.m. patrol officers stopped a silver Nissan Versa on Route 13 near Court Street, McKeown said. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the car and began their investigation.
Isaiah Thomas was identified as the passenger in the car, and was discovered carrying a .380-caliber handgun, 103.7 grams of marijuana, baggies, a scale and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The driver was identified as Shykeem Johnson, 17, who initially gave officers a false name.
McKeown said the police investigation determined that Johnson was the driver in both shooting incidents and that he had conspired with Thomas to commit the shootings.
Thomas, who lives in the 200 block of Lambert Drive, Magnolia, was charged with seven counts of reckless endangerment; two counts of criminal mischief; two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; two counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; second-degree conspiracy; possession with the intent to deliver marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson, of the 400 block of Lambert Drive, Magnolia, was charged with seven counts of reckless endangering; two counts of criminal mischief; second-degree conspiracy; and criminal impersonation.
Thomas was ordered held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in default of an $189,750 secured bond. Johnson was committed on a $22,500 bond and ordered held at the Stevenson House in Milford.