Three people were hurt during four reported shootings that investigators say happened over the course of four hours on Christmas Eve.
In one instance, the victim had to be taken to a Des Moines hospital for more treatment, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody.
The first shooting was reported to police at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday. Linda McDonald, who lives at 1128 10th Ave. S.W., called police to report hearing gunshots fired, Carmody said. When officers arrived, they found damage to her house's back porch, but no one was hurt.
Almost an hour later, at 8:28 p.m., police were called to Trinity Regional Medical Center after a shooting victim had been taken there by a friend, according to Carmody.
Christina Schlief, 23, of Fort Dodge, had been shot in her hip. She told officers she was walking northbound in the 200 block of Ninth Street when she heard a "pop."
Schlief's injuries were not life-threatening, Carmody said.
Later, officers were dispatched to 120 S. 14th St., at 9:54 p.m., for another report of a shooting.
Two men there had been shot, Carmody said.
Jeremy Terrell, 25, of Omaha, Neb., was taken to Trinity. He was treated for a wound to his back and right shoulder area, and then released.
Tajuan Richard, 23, of Omaha, Neb., was also treated at Trinity for wounds to his upper thigh and lower back. He was transferred to an undisclosed Des Moines hospital. Carmody said Richard's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Representatives from UnityPoint Health-Des Moines hospitals and Mercy Medical Center said Richards was not listed as a patient at their hospitals Thursday.
At 10:08 p.m., police were called back to the scene of the first shooting. McDonald reported hearing gunshots fired into the front of her house, Carmody said.
No one was hurt.
Investigators collected evidence in all four shootings.
"Based upon the evidence and information developed throughout the investigation, it appears most, if not all of these incidents are connected," Carmody said.
He said the Christmas Eve shootings might be connected to a report Monday night of shots fired.
On that night, at 10:04 p.m., callers reported hearing shots fired in the area of Fourth Avenue North and North Eighth Street. It was later discovered that a stray bullet struck a home at 324 N. Ninth Street.
Witnesses to Monday night's incident reported seeing a dark-colored sedan leaving the area around the time the report came in.
Investigators don't believe the residence was the intended target.
Carmody said officers will continue to investigate all of the reported shootings.
"We are confident that there are additional witnesses who have valuable information that would help bring closure to the victims that have been targeted and their families," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to 274637.