Smyrna Police have arrested in three men in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred on West Commerce Street Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday at 7:24 a.m. officers of the Smyrna Police Department were contacted in reference to an assault that occurred in the 500 block of West Commerce Street at approximately 6 a.m. Police said an investigation revealed that three males were involved in a physical altercation after an illegal drug transaction went bad.
Police said two males, Larry Wheeler Jr. 19, of Savannah Drive, and another individual responded to the residence to allegedly confront Alexander Brothers, 36, of West Commerce Street, at which time Brothers allegedly swung at Wheeler in a menacing manner with a baseball bat and then smashed out the window of the vehicle belonging to Wheelers mother. Brothers then allegedly struck Wheeler twice with the baseball bat at which time Wheeler pulled out a knife and allegedly cut Brothers several times during the incident, police said. Wheeler was treated for minor facial injuries and released.
Wheeler was arrested for second degree assault and criminal solicitation. Brothers was arrested for second degree assault, criminal mischief and menacing.
While officers were still investigating the original incident and conducting interviews at the Smyrna Police Department, reports were received at approximately 1:21 p.m. of shots fired in the area of Commerce Street in the Town of Smyrna; officers responded to the 500 block of West Commerce Street and contacted a male victim.
An investigation revealed that the male victim was involved in an altercation with Wheeler and Eric Sartin Jr., 22, of Wheatleys Pond Road, and possibly two other suspects who responded to the residence to confront the victim regarding the earlier assault. Police said a verbal altercation ensued and as the suspects departed the area in a motor vehicle, three shots were fired at the victim from the moving vehicle; the victim was not injured during the incident. Officers recovered the shell casings from the scene and later recovered the firearm used in connection with this incident. Police said both Wheeler and Sartin were taken into custody without incident in the 100 block of Savannah Drive. Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police Departments assisted with the incident.
Police said through interviews with the victim, witnesses, and suspects it was determined that Wheeler was the individual who was in possession of the firearm and shot at the victim during this incident. Wheeler was arrested for first degree reckless endangering and second degree conspiracy. Sartin was arrested for second degree conspiracy.
The investigation is still ongoing and officers are working on identifying any other individuals who are connected with these crimes.
All subjects will be presented and arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court 7 via videophone. Wheeler was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $9,000 secured bail. Sartin was released on $1,500 unsecured bail. Brothers was released on $5,500 unsecured bail.