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Updated: Police ID Man Gunned Down in Dover

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of a man who was shot to death in Dover late Thursday night. 

Troopers identified the victim as 23-year-old Jason E. Mills of Dover. An autopsy conducted Friday by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science has ruled Mills' death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. 

Lamont Pierce, a local pastor who lives in Capitol Park, said he knew of Mills.

"He appeared to be a nice young man. I knew of him. I didn't know him intimately, but I knew of him in general," he said. 

Troopers said that at around 11 p.m. Thursday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital staffers contacted the Dover Police Department to report that a man suffering from gunshot wounds had been driven to the hospital in a private vehicle. When officers arrived at the hospital, they found out that the victim died from his injuries and that the incident had occurred in the Capitol Park development, which falls under state police jurisdiction.

DSP homicide detectives and evidence technicians took over the investigation and went to the 200 block of South Governors Boulevard where they said shell casings were located in a yard. 

James Wesley said he woke up early in the morning to state troopers knocking on his neighbor's doors. 

"I noticed there was about three or four vehicles, state troopers down there, two houses down from me," he said. "I asked the trooper what had happened. He said there was shots fired. I said was anybody hurt? He said, yeah, unfortunately someone was killed."

Detectives are continuing their investigation by conducting interviews and collecting evidence to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident, according to police. No suspect information has been developed at this time, police said. 

Pastor Pierce said he lives in Capitol Heights to help the community become a better place.

"Trying to promote non-violence, trying to keep drugs out. But, you know, just like anything else there's good and bad in everything that you do," he said. "So that's part of my passion, part of my call. And we working to just try to do some non-violent things in the community."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Csapo at (302) 698-8427.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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