On Saturday, October 7 at approximately 10:20PM the Washington Police Department was notified of a motor vehicle accident and gunshots being fired near the intersection of East Madison Street and South 9th Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers located an abandoned vehicle with extensive front-end damage near the intersection and several spent shell casings nearby.
Witnesses provided information that the lone male shooter with a hooded sweatshirt had exited the vehicle and fired shots in the direction of a second vehicle and left the area on foot.
Officers were contacted by an individual early Sunday morning reporting they had been involved in the incident and had gunshot damage to their vehicle. There were no injuries reported.
The vehicles were impounded and with assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officers recovered additional evidence from both vehicles.
This is an active ongoing investigation, and no further information is being released currently.
Washington Chief of Police Jim Lester said, “This appears to be a targeted incident and we do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public.”
Chief Lester urges anyone with information to contact the Police Department at 319-653-2107 and that anyone with video cameras on South Second Avenue and East Madison Street review video from this time and to contact the Police Department.
The Washington Police Department was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Conservation, Washington County Communications, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Washington Fire Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.