Ames Police investigate suspected drive-by shooting near downtown

Ames Police continue to look for leads following a suspected drive-by shooting at a house near downtown over the weekend.

According to Ames Police Sergeant Amber Christian, authorities were notified of the incident at approximately 9:24 a.m. Sunday. Police say residents of a home on Seventh Street near downtown reported hearing a loud noise earlier that morning around 3:00 a.m. “They thought it was fireworks,” Christian explained. “They later woke up, looked around, and saw two holes. At least two shots were fired at the house.”

Based on a witness report of a vehicle leaving the area shortly after the gunshots, officers were led “to believe that it was a drive-by [shooting]”, noted Christian.

While canvassing the home, officers found a bullet and a spent cartridge, which were both submitted to the Department of Criminal Investigation. Christian acknowledged that it could take weeks or even months for DCI to process the items.

Christian told StoryCounty.News that this type of incident is “not very common” in the Ames area, and police don’t know of any potential motives behind the shooting.

The Ames Police Department continues to seek video surveillance from the area that could identify the vehicle that allegedly drove away after the incident. However, authorities currently have “no suspects and no good witnesses”, according to Christian.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Ames PD by calling 515-239-5133. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 515-239-5533.

One Comment

  1. Stacy said:

    Hope this person/persons, get apprehended, as someone could have been killed. Reckless/dangerous people out there🫢

    May 11, 2023

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