Arrests made in Harrington party shooting


HARRINGTON – The Harrington Police Department announced today that it has made two arrests two people involved in a June shooting in Harrington.

According to Lt. Earl K. Brode, on June 28, the Harrington Police Department assisted by Delaware State Police, Felton Police Department and Delaware Alcohol and Tabacco Enforcement (DATE) responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 100 Block of East St. in Harrington at approximately 1:15 am.

Laquan Johnson

Laquan Johnson

Elijah Desir

Elijah Desir

When police arrived they encountered 200-300 people attending a birthday party at the residence. Police were advised multiple people had been fired at the party. Police determined that six people had been shot and had been transporte d to local hospitals.

“One of the victims was taken from the scene by ambulance and other five victims were transported by private vehicles. All of the victims suffered from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.  All the victims have since been released from the hospital,” said Lt. Brode.

Detectives from the Harrington Police Department conducted the investigation and were able to identify the suspects as Elijah Desir, 19, of Seaford Meadow Apartments in Seaford and Laquan Johnson, 17, of the 100 Block of Fleming St. in Harrington.

Police obtained warrants for both Mr. Desir and Mr. Johnson. On July 21, police responded to Mr. Johnson’s residence on Fleming Street and took him into custody without incident. He was transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing.

Mr. Johnson was charged with possess, purchase, own or control a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, reckless endangering first degree and inciting a riot.

Mr. Johnson was arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and was committed to the Stevenson Detention Center in default of $61,000 secured bond.

On July 23, Mr. Desir turned himself into the Harrington Police Department.

He was processed and arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 2.  He was charged with six counts of first degree assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

He was committed in default of $140,000 cash only bond.

Detectives from the Harrington Police Department are continuing the investigation and anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Harrington Police Department at (302) 398-4493 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.


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