John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa –
Several witnesses reportedly have told police of hearing a gunshot shortly after a fight broke out between 10 to 20 people Friday night.
That shot struck Jorge Luis Sanders-Galvez, 18, of Burlington, who remains hospitalized at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Police said he suffered a single gunshot wound to the back. The bullet reportedly entered his back and exited through his side.
For now, authorities are holding Malik Hausan Trotter, 16, of Fort Madison on charges of attempted murder, willful injury and going armed with intent. He was arrested Monday.
Authorities said officers working security during Steamboat Days rushed to Main and Valley streets after hearing a shot fired.
Witnesses there said they saw a fight involving several people. Shortly after hearing the shot, the witnesses said those involved in the altercation ran from the area.
Officers found Sanders-Galvez just south of Market and Main streets. He was conscious and responsive when he was taken by ambulance to GRMC.
Sanders-Galvez told investigators he was on Front and Valley streets when he heard the gunshot. He ran toward Main Street and suddenly felt pain in his back.
Police said witnesses identified Trotter as the shooter, who allegedly was involved in the fight.
Trotter, police said, was seen pulling the gun from his waistband and firing the shot that hit Sanders-Galvez.
Authorities said a stolen handgun detectives believe was used in the shooting was recovered.
Trotter denied his involvement in the shooting.