Police have charged a 15-year-old Wilmington boy for his alleged role in a shooting and attempted carjacking in a Newark park earlier this month.

The incident happened at 6:45 a.m. July 10 in the parking lot of Dickey Park, located on Madison Drive in the College Park neighborhood, according to Master Cpl. William Smith, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The victim told police he was in his vehicle near the basketball and tennis courts when three men opened his door, pointed a gun at him and tried to force him from the vehicle.

The victim fought off the carjackers, who got back into their vehicle and fled, with a fourth person driving. As they drove away, one of them fired a shot toward the victim.

Smith said no one was injured and no damage was reported.

The suspects’ vehicle had been reported stolen the day before the shooting and was later recovered in Wilmington.

Detectives used surveillance video and witness statements to identify the 15-year-old driver, and a judge granted an arrest warrant for him. The teen, whose name was not made public, was arrested by Wilmington Police on unrelated charges July 15.

Newark Police charged him with attempted first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy. He was sent to a juvenile detention center after failing to post $104,000 secured bail.

Police are still investigating in an attempt to identify the other three suspects. Anyone with information about the incident should contact Det. William Anderson at 302-366-7100, ext. 3469, or wanderson@newark.de.us.

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