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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
January 19, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Update: Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting in Chariton

Chariton, IOWA – Authorities are still attempting to locate Robert Eugene Graham.  A warrant for Attempted Murder has now been issued for Graham.  The victim is Gayle Darrah, 33, who resided at the Court Avenue address in Chariton.  Darrah is still in critical condition at a local hospital.  Graham is still considered to be armed and dangerous.

At approximately 7:13 am on January 16, 2015, the Lucas County Dispatch Center received a 911 in reference to a female being shot outside a residence.  Chariton Police officers responded to 1701 Court Avenue, in Chariton.  Upon arriving at the residence, Chariton Police officers found a female lying in the driveway by a vehicle with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and was then taken by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital.  The victim is in critical condition.

At this time, this shooting appears to be an isolated incident and not a random act.  The investigation has yielded a person of interest.  The person of interest is Robert Eugene Graham,  a 45 year old white male.  Graham should be considered armed and dangerous. Investigators believe Graham is possibly driving a gray, 2014 Toyota Corolla with Illinois license plates V872014.

Anyone with information on Graham or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Chariton Police Department at 641-774-5083, , the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation--State Patrol Communications at 515-323-4360, or dial 911.  Please do not attempt to confront Graham.

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

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