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Dover Post
  • Teen suspect, James Ewell, arrested in Elks Lodge shooting incident

  • Dover Police have arrested 17-year-old James Ewell as a suspect in the July 6 shooting at the Dover Elks Lodge.
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  • A police investigation after two people were shot July 6 at a local social club has led to the arrest of 17-year-old James Ewell.
    Ewell was arrested July 8 at the William M. Stevenson Detention Center, Milford, where he was being held on unrelated charges leveled after the shooting took place, said Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    The incident took place about three minutes after midnight July 6 at the Elks Lodge, located at 217 N. Kirkwood St., Dover, when Ewell was able to slip inside the building without alerting security personnel or lodge staff, Hoffman said. Ewell fired three shots and then ran out.
    A 44-year-old man received two bullet wounds to the upper leg while a 25-year-old man was shot once in the lower leg. Both were treated at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
    Witnesses described the assailant as being between 16 and 20 years of age, Hoffman said.
    Surveillance footage showed Ewell leaving the building with a 9mm handgun in his hand. Comparisons of still photos from the footage and other photos of Ewell identified him as the suspect.
    Ewell was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree burglary, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of firearm by person prohibited.
    He was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond.
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