Teenager arrested in shooting incident

A 16-year-old Millsboro girl was arrested this week in connection with a shooting that police said erupted as part of a confrontation between two teenage girls over a man.

Delaware State Police said there had been a physical altercation between the 16-year-old and a 17-year-old girl on Aug. 2, over the unidentified man. Then, on Aug. 8, they said, the 17-year-old and her friends – ages 15, 16 and 19 – had engaged in a series of text messages and phone conversations with the 16-year-old, seeking another confrontation, prior to and while driving to the 16-year-old’s home, with a 2-year-old boy also in the car.

Police said that, prior to arriving at the 16-year-old’s home about 7:30 p.m., the 17-year-old had received a picture message that appeared to show a gun in the 16-year-old’s hand, and as they drove by the 16-year-old’s residence, they were confronted by the girl’s mother, who was alleged to have been holding a sledge hammer.

According to the DSP, a verbal altercation between the girl’s mother and occupants of the car ensued, and moments later, gunfire erupted. The victim’s car, police said, was struck twice – once in the right corner of the front door and the second in the bottom right corner of the front door. One of the bullets pierced the door where the 17-year-old was seated and struck the girl in the right ankle and lodged in her lower right leg, police said.

DSP officials said the victims fled the scene and transported the 17-year-old to Nanticoke Hospital. She had sustained a gunshot wound to her ankle but was treated and released. None of the other occupants of the car was injured, they noted.

The 16-year-old was charged with Assault First Degree, six counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, five counts of Reckless Endangering First Degree and Criminal Mischief. She was held at the Stevenson House Detention Center in lieu of $230,250 secured bond.