One person is dead after a shots were fired into a crowd of people overnight at Elk’s Lodge in downtown Ames.
According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, officers were dispatched to the scene, 522 Douglas Avenue, at 11:57 p.m. Friday night. “We got one call that said they heard at least eight shots,” Tuttle told StoryCounty.News. “When the officers got there, it was very chaotic. People were leaving quickly out of the parking lot by foot and by vehicle. We’re still processing the crime scene, but we know there were likely more shots than that fired.”
Tuttle stated that the male victim was found by officers outside the facility amid the chaos. “We found the gentleman who was injured in the parking lot,” he continued. “He eventually died at [Mary Greeley Medical Center].”
Authorities believe “multiple shots were fired by several groups of people” who were attending a private event at the venue, per a press release. “We have very little information,” Tuttle acknowledged. “Several people we tried to talk to said they didn’t want to talk to us. They said they didn’t see anything and were not cooperative.”
Authorities do believe the shooting was preceded by a fight that occurred at the scene. “There was some type of altercation that occurred right outside the entry doors of the lodge,” Tuttle stated. “We think it started out as a physical altercation and then turned into multiple people pulling out guns and firing at each other.”
The male homicide victim was shot in the “upper torso”, according to Tuttle. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.
The Ames Police Department was assisted in the investigation by Story County Sheriff’s Office,
Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State University Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators are asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to come forward, including any nearby businesses or individuals who may have video footage. The Ames Police Department can be contacted by calling 515-239-5133 or anonymously at 515-239-5533.