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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Middletown teen charged in drug-related shooting

  • A 19-year-old Middletown teen is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly shooting a Newark man during an apparent drug deal gone bad.
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  • A 19-year-old Middletown teen is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly shooting a Newark man during an apparent drug deal gone bad.
    Nakye D. Cale was taken into custody Tuesday night, after seeking treatment for a hand injury at the Christiana Care Emergency Department in Middletown, police said.
    Meanwhile, the 24-year-old victim reportedly underwent surgery at Christiana Hospital, where he was listed in good condition at late Wednesday.
    Middletown Police Chief Henry Tobin III said investigators have determined that the shooting victim and two other Newark men, ages18 and 19, drove to Doc Levinson Park in the Middletown Village neighborhood about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday to purchase marijuana.
    An argument reportedly erupted at some point during the deal, resulting in Cale allegedly firing numerous shots into the car carrying the Newark men, striking the 24-year-old in the abdomen.
    The victim and his friends eventually ended up on Cole Boulevard, where they were located by police.
    Cale is charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangering, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
    He is currently being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $211,000 secured bond.
    Tobin said the shooting remains under investigation and additional arrests could follow.
    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Middletown Police Department at (302) 376-9950 or (302) 573-2800.
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