Newark Police have charged two people, a father and his son, with crimes related to this incident.
After receiving the report of this incident, Newark Police Detectives began to follow-up on leads. After speaking with witnesses and reviewing area surveillance cameras, officers identified the person who fired a gun into the air as Jermaine Washington, 37, of Newark. Further investigation determined that Washington had been given the gun by his son, Jermaine Washington-Loper, 19, of Newark.
On July 16, 2020, both suspects turned themselves in to Newark Police. Newark Police then executed a search warrant at their residence, where a handgun that had been reported stolen in Wilmington was recovered. This handgun, however, is not believed to be the handgun used in this incident and therefore the handgun used in this incident has not been recovered.
Jermaine Washington, who is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, was charged with:
Jermaine Washington-Loper, who is prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, was charged with:
Both defendants appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video. Jermaine Washington was ordered to be held in default of $29,000 cash bail. Jermaine Washington-Loper was ordered to be held in default of $7,000 secured bail. Both defendants were turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.