A Dover man and his younger brother are in jail after being accused of shooting another man Friday night.
The men, identified by police and court documents as Alex Joseph, 22, and Johnson Joseph, 19, were arrested early Saturday after the 20-year-old victim was found Friday night suffering from a gunshot wound at the Whatcoat Apartments, said Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
The case began at about 9:28 p.m. Sept. 4 when police were called to The Hamlet subdivision to probe a call of shots being fired. Officers investigated but found no evidence or victims, Hoffman said.
Then, at about 11:12 p.m., officers were called to an apartment in the Whatcoat complex to find the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
The shooting victim, who was not identified, was taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and admitted in critical condition.
During their investigation, police identified the Joseph brothers as suspects in the case. It was learned that earlier in the evening Johnson Joseph allegedly drove a dark-colored sedan through The Hamlet and that Alex Johnson allegedly had fired at the victim, grazing him in the leg.
The victim then went to the Whatcoat apartments where he was shot at again several times, with one round hitting him in the chest.
As part of their investigation, and with additional information as to where the first shooting took place, officers searched along Old Forge Drive in The Hamlet, finding several spent .40-caliber shell casings. Another casing, matching the others, was found at the Whatcoat complex.
Using a search warrant, officers with the Dover and Smyrna police departments’ Special Operations Response Teams arrested the brothers at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The pair were taken into custody without resistance at a home in the first block of Freedom Drive in the Bicentennial Village development.
A search of a dark-colored sedan at the home turned up a Hi-Point brand .40-caliber handgun as well as .40-caliber ammunition.
After being read his Miranda rights, Johnson Joseph allegedly admitted to police he and his brother had conspired to try to kill the unidentified victim. He also admitted that Alex Joseph had fired several rounds at the victim, according to the arrest warrant.
Both men are charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree conspiracy.
In addition, Alex Joseph is charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangering.
Although two arrests have been made, police continue to investigate this case, Hoffman said. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover Police at 736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous. Anonymous tips also may be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, online at tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile app.