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Reward offered for information in shooting

Dec. 24 incidents remain under investigation

January 1, 2014
By PETER KASPARI (pkaspari@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

An organization dedicated to stopping crime in Fort Dodge and Webster County is offering a reward for information on those involved in a series of Christmas Eve shootings.

The up-to-$500 reward is being offered by Webster County Crime Stoppers.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody, who announced the award Tuesday, said the money will be provided to "the person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction" of anyone involved in the Christmas Eve shootings.

Police responded to the first incident at 7:37 p.m. on Dec. 24. Linda McDonald, who lives at 1128 10th Ave. S.W., reported hearing gunshots, according to Carmody. Investigators found damage to her back porch area.

Officers returned to her home at 10:08 p.m. after McDonald reported hearing shots fired into the front of her house.

Nobody was hurt in either of the shootings, McDonald reported.

But at 8:28 p.m., officers responded to Trinity Regional Medical Center after Christina Schlief, 23, of Fort Dodge, was taken there by a friend. According to Carmody, Schlief said she was shot in the hip while walking in the 200 block of Ninth Street.

Her injuries were not life-threatening.

More than an hour later, at 9:54 p.m., officers were sent to 120 S. 14th St. and found two men with gunshot wounds.

Jeremy Terrell, 25, and Tajuan Richard, 23, both of Omaha, Neb., were treated at Trinity Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Richard was also taken to a Des Moines hospital, but further information on his condition was not available.

Carmody said investigators believe the shootings may be linked.

"Based upon the evidence and information developed throughout the investigation, it appears most, if not all of these incidents, are connected," he said.

Police are also looking to see if there's a connection to a call of shots fired that was reported to police on Dec. 23.

In that incident, reported 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.

Police don't believe that home was the intended target.

Witnesses to the Dec. 23 incident reported seeing a dark-colored sedan leaving the area around the time the report came in.

Though there have been no new developments, Carmody said officers are continuing to investigate the cases.

"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.

 
 

 

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