Shooting in Delaware capital leaves 1 dead, 4 wounded

February 10, 2020 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The latest shooting in Delaware’s increasingly violent capital city has left one person dead and four others injured, authorities said Monday.

Dover police responded to the shooting about 2 a.m. Monday. They found Tiffany Montgomery, 34, with a fatal gunshot wound to the upper body.

Officers arriving on the scene also found a 27-year-old woman with a foot wound, a 39-year-old man with a shoulder wound, and a 45-year-old man with a leg injury, said police spokesman Master Corporal Mark Hoffman.

During the investigation, officers contacted a fifth victim, a 42-year-old man who had been shot in the shoulder and in an ear. He refused medical attention, according to police.

Hoffman said investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shootings.

Monday’s violence brought the number of recorded shooting incidents this year to 11, resulting in three deaths.

The gun violence in the first six weeks of this year is far outpacing the number of shootings recorded in previous years. Last year, Dover police handled a total of 50 shooting incidents resulting in five deaths. That followed 31 shooting incidents and four deaths in 2018.

In his State of the State address last month, Democratic Gov. John Carney alluded to the growing violence. Carney suggested that a state partnership with local authorities that began last summer to try to reduce violent crime in Wilmington be replicated in Dover.

Wilmington, the state’s largest city, was dubbed “Murdertown USA” in a 2014 Newsweek article. Last year, Wilmington police reported 89 shooting incidents and 23 slayings, up from 72 shooting incidents and 22 slayings in 2018. The number of shooting victims rose 42 percent, from 79 to 112, with the number of juvenile shooting victims more than doubling, from eight to 21.

Dover police have said that in response to the increase in shootings, officials have stepped up patrols, including extra-duty patrols in high crime areas. Dover police also have been working with outside law enforcement agencies to compare findings in similar incidents and have begun partnering with Delaware State Police to combat violent and gang-related crime.