The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Sunday August 9, 2015, as troopers were dispatched to a residence located in the 21000 block of West Mayhew Drive in Cedar Creek Estates for a report of a shooting. Police state that the investigation revealed that Juan J. Shirey, 21, was standing outside the house with a gun when his mother saw him with it and went out to retrieve it from him due to some recent drug and weapons charges. Shirey began to hand the firearm to his mother when a round discharged from the weapon and traveled through the exterior wall and into the living room striking a 23 month old male in the leg. The bullet traveled through the young child and into the hand of his 24 year old uncle who was standing directly behind him. Shirey’s mother and three other young children, ranging in ages of 6 months to 7 years old, were in the living room when the bullet penetrated the house, but were not injured.
The child and the adult male were both transported to Milford Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle where the male was treated and released after removing the bullet from his hand. The child was eventually flown to A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital where he was admitted in good condition.
Juan Shirey was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with Assault 1st, Assault 2nd, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and six counts of Reckless Endangering 1st. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $140,000.00 cash bond.
A .45 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene by detectives.