Woman injured in Fort Dodge shooting this afternoon

By: Matt Scher, matts@977thebolt.com

Fort Dodge, IA – The Fort Dodge Police Department released the following press release regarding a shooting this afternoon in Fort Dodge where life threatening injuries were reported.

“This afternoon at approximately 4:40 P.M., officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 1000 block of South 20th Street in Fort Dodge after receiving several reports of shots fired in the area. Additional calls were received indicating that one female was shot as well.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a 26‐year‐old female who had sustained gunshot wounds resulting in life threatening injuries. Officers on scene immediately began rendering aid to the female along with witnesses at the scene assisting them. The Fort Dodge Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after and transported the female to Unity Point – Trinity Regional Medical Center for further treatment. The female’s medical condition is believed to critical at this time.

Upon further investigation from the Fort Dodge Police Patrol and Criminal Investigation Division, officers located numerous witnesses in the area. Officers also located several houses in the surrounding area that were struck by gunfire, along with a large amount of physical evidence at the scene.

Officers and investigators are continuing to process evidence and follow up with witnesses of this incident. We encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything around this area at this time to contact the police department. With all investigations, any video evidence is essential to resolving an incident and we encourage citizens in this area to contact the police department with video footage they may have. Based on the investigation to this
point, it is believed that this was a targeted and isolated incident, and not a random act of violence.

The Fort Dodge Police Department are being assisted by the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Webster County Attorney’s Office, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in the investigation. The Fort Dodge Fire Department also assisted at the scene.”