Lincoln man arrested after alleged shooting of two people including an infant

LINCOLN – A 21-year-old Lincoln man was arrested Sunday by Delaware State Police after allegedly shooting two people, one of which was a 23-month-old infant.

Around 12:15 p.m., Juan J. Shirey was standing outside of a residence located in the 21000 block of West Mayhew Drive in Cedar Creek Estates with a gun when his mother saw him with it and went to retrieve it from him, Delaware State Police Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Juan J. Shirey, 21, of Lincoln. (Special to The Chronicle/Delaware State Police)

Juan J. Shirey, 21, of Lincoln. (Special to The Chronicle/Delaware State Police)

Following an investigation, police determined that as Shirey began to hand the firearm to his mother through an open window, a round allegedly discharged from the weapon and traveled through the residence’s exterior wall and into the living room where it struck the infant in the leg. The bullet traveled through the young child and into the hand of a 24-year-old male who was standing directly behind him, according to police.

Four other people, including three children ranging in ages of six months to seven years old, were in the living room when the bullet penetrated the house but were not injured, Cpl. Fournier said.

The child and the adult male were both transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle and the male was treated and released after the bullet was removed from his hand.  The child was eventually flown to A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital where he was admitted in good condition, Cpl. Fournier said.

Mr. Shirey was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with first- and second-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and six counts of reckless endangering.

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $140,000 cash bond.

A .45 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene by detectives, Cpl. Fournier said.

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