A 26-year-old man was shot in the hip during a shootout outside an American Legion in Dover early Sunday morning.

A 26-year-old man was shot in the hip during a shootout outside an American Legion in Dover early Sunday morning.

The victim was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital as of Monday, according to Dover Police Department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Officers were called to the American Legion at 835 Bay Road just before 1 a.m. for reports of shots fired. There they found several spent 9 mm shell casings on the northeast side of the parking lot near a picnic area, as well as 9 mm and .38-caliber shell casings on the northwest side of the parking lot, which Hoffman said indicates that at least two people exchanged gunfire.

While officers were attempting to disperse people remaining in the parking lot, a gunshot was fired from inside a vehicle, directly next to one officer, he said.

The officer, who was unharmed, immediately took the occupants of the vehicle into custody with assistance from other officers, Hoffman said.

They later learned that one of the occupants, 30-year-old Milford resident Darnell Waples, had accidentally fired a Jennings 9mm as he was trying to hide it in rear of the vehicle, he said.

Waples is charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapons and reckless endangering. He was being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $32,500 secured bond.

Hoffman said the initial shooting remains under investigation and Waples could be charged with additional crimes, pending the outcome of a ballistics analysis.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Dover Police Department at 736-7111.

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