FORT DODGE – Two teens were tracked down by tenacious cops in Fort Dodge after the alleged troublemakers shot a woman and escaped in a car.
On Saturday, October 28, at approximately 11:35 AM, an officer with the Fort Dodge Police Department was speaking with a citizen when they heard what they believed to be gunshots in the area. Shortly after, the Webster County Communications Center received a call regarding shots fired in the area of the 1400 block of 3rd Ave South. The caller was also able to give information that two black males were running from the area, and had jumped into a vehicle, described as a blue Chevrolet Impala.
The officer on the initial call responded to the scene and located evidence of shots fired in the alleyway between 2nd and 3rd Avenue South in the 1400 block. While other officers were responding to the scene, one officer came upon a vehicle matching the description given by the witness in the 1400 block of 5th Ave North. A traffic stop was conducted and the occupants matched the description given by the caller. At that point, the vehicle occupants were transported to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.
As this was occurring, Fort Dodge Police received information that a 20-year-old female had arrived at Unity Point — Trinity Regional Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Other witnesses in the area were contacted and the scene was processed for evidence. Based on the information available at this time, a 14 and 17 year old male were charged with Carrying Weapons (an Aggravated Misdemeanor).
Additional charges may follow as other information and the investigaton develop.
Due to the offender’s ages, their identities will not be released at this time. Both offenders were subsequently transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora.
The Fort Dodge Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident and encourage anyone with information to contact our department directly, or via Crime Stoppers.