Dover Police on Aug. 26 arrested two more suspects including a Smyrna man and obtained warrants for three others in connection with the Aug. 24 shootout at Manchester Square.


Dover Police detectives have obtained arrest warrants for five additional suspects in connection with their investigation into an Aug. 24 shooting spree at Manchester Square.

Police apprehended Darrin Swiggett, 22, of Smyrna and Brandon McDonald, 21, of the unit block of State Circle Aug. 26 and are looking for three more individuals: Traymere Stevens, 14, of the 1000 block of White Oak Road; Shakir Swain, 17, of the 400 block of New Castle Ave.; and Stefon Miller, 18, of the 100 block of Ann Avenue, said police spokesman Capt. Tim Stump.

According to his arrest warrant, Swiggett admitted ownership of a green Ford Explorer from which witnesses saw several shots being fired. Swiggett also admitted to operating the Explorer when it was being fired upon. Police checking the vehicle found a bullet hole in the roof indicating it had been made by a weapon being fired within one foot of the roof.

The Explorer had been seen driving around the Manchester Square area with a tan Acura prior to the shooting; a search of that vehicle turned up an empty handgun magazine.

When arraigned, Swiggett and McDonald will be charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two counts each of reckless endangering, conspiracy and three counts of criminal mischief.

The remaining three suspects will be charged with the same crimes when apprehended, Stump said.

Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to call Dover Police at 736-7111.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Dover Police detained 15 people for questioning in what a department spokesman called a gang-related shootout on Stevenson Drive in the Manchester Square housing area.

Police went to the area Aug. 24, said department spokesman Capt. Tim Stump, after receiving a call about shots being fired. A group of eight people ran from the area to a residence on nearby Willis Road, surrendering only when the department’s Special Operations Response Team was called in.

A second group of seven people fled into two homes on Stevenson Drive, but were removed by police, Stump said. All were questioned at police headquarters before two were arrested for their part in the incident.

The remainder were released pending further investigation.

“Investigators have determined that this appears to be gang related between the two separate groups,” Stump said.

The police investigation determined between 20 and 30 shots had been fired between the rival factions and at least three vehicles were hit by the gunfire. No one was injured.

The suspects were identified as Delonzo L. Powell, 27, of the 3800 block of West Dennys Road, and Duante Morrison, 17, of the unit block of Petition Lane, Magnolia.

According to the affidavit of probable cause on the case, released by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, officers recovered two weapons, an SKS assault rifle and a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun Powell and Morrison were seen carrying.

Both were charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts of reckless endangering, three counts of criminal mischief and conspiracy.

Powell posted a $42,500 secured bond and was released; Morrison was ordered held on a $17,500 secured bond.