According to CBS3 Philly, two suspects were arrested for the shooting that took place outside the IHOP located at 21 S Little Creek Rd, Dover, DE 19901.
Police responded to a shooting outside the Dover IHOP on Sunday, February 28, 2021, around 2:30 a.m. When the officers arrived at the scene, they found one man injured and proceeded to treat his wound in his cheek caused by a gunshot. They were notified at that time of three other victims that were taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in private vehicles. One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle and another to the leg. The last victim was shot in the abdomen. All injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
The suspects, described as two men in a black Dodge Charger, had fled the scene. Officers were able to locate and apprehend the suspects. The suspects have been identified as 22-year-old Akeem Ferrell and 21-year-old Anthony Watson and have been arrested. Ferrel faces charges of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, noncompliance with bond conditions due to a previous offense, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, conspiracy second degree, and possession of marijuana. Watson faces two charges, including carrying a concealed deadly weapon and conspiracy second degree.
Attorney contributor Phil Edwards, an experienced violent crime lawyer, represents victims of shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. We asked Phil to share some insight on the legal rights of victims shot at a restaurant.
“Restaurant owners, just like other commercial property owners, have a legal obligation to provide sufficient security to those on and around their property. In order to provide safety to their customers, property owners should offer adequate security to prevent violent crimes, such as shootings. A few examples of adequate security measures include security cameras inside the building and in the parking lot, hiring security guards, and keeping the areas properly lit. If restaurant owners fail to provide sufficient security and someone is injured, the victim and their family may have a legal option to pursue a civil lawsuit and are encouraged to seek out an experienced violent crimes lawyer.”
“A property owner could be deemed liable if the crime committed was considered foreseeable. A crime may be considered foreseeable if crimes in the area rise and no security improvements were made. If the victim’s lawyer can prove the crime resulted from inadequate protection, the property owner may be found liable. In such cases of negligence, the crime could be deemed reasonably foreseeable and could involve compensation for the victims and their families.”