DEVELOPING STORY: 16-year-old shot outside west Ames apartment

Ames Police are investigating a shooting that allegedly occurred outside an apartment building on the southwest side of Ames late Tuesday.

According to an Ames Police Department press release, authorities were summoned to the scene of a shooting outside 1300 Coconino Road at approximately 9:46 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly after the initial 911 call was placed, officers received a report from Mary Greeley Medical Center that a male had arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 16-year-old male victim, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was treated and released, according to the release.

During Ames PD’s crime scene investigation, a bullet that is said to have entered a nearby apartment building was recovered.

A parking lot outside 1300 Coconino Road in Ames lays quiet less than 24 hours after a juvenile was allegedly shot outside the apartment complex. (Photos: StoryCounty.News)

When asked if police believe the shooting is potentially related to ongoing gang violence in the area, Ames Police Commander Dan Walter said there are “indicators of that” but that Ames PD is not labeling it as such until further investigation can be done. “We know that this [victim] has ties to the groups that have been feuding over the last several months here in Ames,” he noted. “Whether or not this [shooting] is a result of those groups’ disagreements…I don’t think we can say for sure at this time.”

On May 30, a violent incident occurred on South 17th Street in Ames in which an 18-year-old man was shot. A criminal complaint later indicated that authorities believed the shooting was related to a feud between two rival gangs. On May 31, Ames PD arrested a 15-year-old male and charged him with Attempted Murder in connection to the Memorial Day shooting. In July, a separate man was charged for Attempted Murder on allegations he drove the shooter to the scene of the crime, knowing the juvenile had a gun.

According to Walter, no suspect has been identified in the Tuesday shooting case. The release stated that “there does not appear to be a continued threat to the general public.”

Ames PD is asking anyone with video of or information regarding the incident to reach out by calling 515-239-5133. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling 515-239-5533.

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