Man Fires Shot After Fight at YMCA Parking Lot in Rehoboth Beach

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REHOBOTH BEACH, DE – One person was shot in the parking lot of the Rehoboth Beach Sussex Family YMCA after an argument escalated between two men.

According to the Delaware State Police, 40-year-old Allan Simms was arrested for firearm offenses following an investigation into an assault that occurred in the Rehoboth Beach area on Monday morning.

“At approximately 12:05 a.m., troopers were alerted to an assault that had just occurred in the parking lot of the YMCA located at 20080 Church Street,” police reported. “The ensuing investigation revealed that the 40-year-old male victim had been arguing with acquaintance Allan Simms in the parking lot. During the confrontation, Simms began striking the victim, causing minor injury.”

Police said after the initial fight, Simms left the area only to return a short time later.

“Simms produced a firearm and fired one round towards the victim, but the victim was not struck. Simms fled from the area in a dark blue Dodge Caliber, which was located unoccupied by troopers in the nearby Burton Village apartment complex. A subsequent search of the Caliber led to the discovery of a Smith & Wesson long rifle, and a computer checks of Simms revealed that he is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm,” police reported.

No other subjects were injured in this incident, and the male victim did not require emergency medical attention.