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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATES
DOUBLE SHOOTING IN CHARITON

Chariton, IOWA --- On February 10, 2010, at approximately 5:24 p.m., the Lucas County Dispatch Center received a 911 call in reference to a shooting that had occurred at 20968 475th in Chariton, Iowa.  The Lucas County Sheriff's office and the Chariton Police Department responded to the scene.  When officers arrived, one adult male victim was deceased and one juvenile female victim suffered a gunshot wound.

The juvenile female victim was transported to the Lucas County Hospital and then transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.  Her condition is unknown at this time.

According to witnesses, the juvenile male suspect left the residence after the shooting and prior to police arriving.  He was later located and taken into custody, approximately a half mile from the residence.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Patrol are assisting in the investigation.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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