Gun shots rang through central Ames last Thursday evening after an alleged shooting at Brookside Park, just down the road from the Ames Police Department.
Not long after, 20-year-old Devin Lagrone of Marshalltown arrived at the Mary Greeley Medical Center emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, officers arrived at Mary Greeley to gather information and begin their investigation. Witnesses to the incident confirmed that the shooting did indeed take place at Brookside Park, which is located at 1325 Sixth Street.
The victim was transported to a Des Moines hospital, and is reportedly expected to survive the injury.
According to Tuttle, Lagrone and one other individual had met two males, later identified as the suspects, along the west side of the park for a drug deal. After the two suspects got into the backseat of the other vehicle, Thompson reportedly drew a gun at the victim and his driver, demanding drugs and cash. Lagrone then got into a physical altercation with Thompson, at which point Lagrone was shot. Lagrone’s driver then began to drive off, prompting the two suspects to bail from the moving vehicle. Witnesses at the park reported hearing a loud bang before seeing the two suspects “rolling on the ground”. The suspects then got up and made their way to a separate car for their getaway, according to the witnesses.
Since the outset of the Ames PD’s investigation, officials have gathered information and have identified two suspects linked to the shooting: Jonathan M. Thompson, age 19, of Ames, and a 16-year-old male juvenile. Tuttle noted that the juvenile was arrested on Wednesday and transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora. Currently, Thompson’s whereabouts are unknown.
Both suspects are being charged with First-Degree Robbery and Attempted Murder, both class “B” felonies.
Tuttle concluded that the Ames Police Department is continuing its investigation into the incident, as well as its search for Thompson. Anyone with information on the shooting or privy to Thompson’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Ames PD at 515-239-5133 or anonymously at 515-239-5533.