Man charged in shooting
Shot fired during altercation; no one injured
A New Castle man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun in the College Park neighborhood of Newark, police reported.
The incident happened just before 11:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 100 block of Madison Drive, said Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The 39-year-old victim told police he was walking in the area and met Dawane A. Warren, 22, who was sitting in his car with his girlfriend in front of his mother’s house. The victim said his wife had kicked him out of the house and he was cold, court records indicate.
Warren’s girlfriend allowed the victim to get in the car to warm up, and soon the victim got into an altercation with Warren, Nelson said.
The victim got out of the car and heard a gunshot as he ran away, but he was not hit. He then drove to the Sunoco gas station and the Greene Turtle restaurant before finally heading to the police station to report the shooting, approximately 30 minutes after it happened.
Police, meanwhile, had already received calls about the gunshot, but arriving officers found nothing suspicious.
After the victim filed his report, officers went back to the scene and found Warren and his girlfriend still parked on Madison Drive. They searched his car and found a 9mm handgun.
It does not appear the bullet hit anything, Nelson said.
Exactly what happened when the victim was inside the car remains unclear, according to court documents.
The victim claimed Warren pulled out a handgun unprovoked and stole his wallet, credit card and vaporizer, court records indicate.
However, the arresting officer wrote in court documents that “there is some question as to the truthfulness of [the victim’s] entire statement,” noting that his body language indicated deception.
Warren’s girlfriend claimed that the victim offered them cocaine and asked if they wanted to party. She admitted she used cocaine with the victim, and said Warren was angry that the victim had brought drugs into the car and asked him to leave, court documents indicate.
The victim continued to snort cocaine in the back seat, and the confrontation escalated, she told police. Both the victim and Warren got out of the car, and the woman heard a gunshot but did not see Warren pull the trigger. She said the victim dropped the items he later reported stolen.
According to court documents, Warren admitted to police that he fired one shot into the air but claimed it was unintentional. He denied that he threatened the victim with the gun and instead said the victim saw a lighter than resembles a handgun.
Warren was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and aggravated menacing. He was released on $10,000 secured bond.