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UPDATE: Man Shot Nearby Fort Madison School

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Paul A. Wilkins Jr., charged with Attempt To Commit Murder and Robbery 1st Degree Paul A. Wilkins Jr., charged with Attempt To Commit Murder and Robbery 1st Degree
Heather D. Mears, charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st Degree Heather D. Mears, charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st Degree
Terrell N. Wilson, charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st Degree Terrell N. Wilson, charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st Degree
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UPDATE:

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting near a Fort Madison school Monday.  

Police arrived on scene around 3:08pm to find 25-year old Matthew R. Griffiths lying on the ground from an apparent gunshot would. Griffiths was taken to the hospital, and then airlifted to Iowa City. He is being treated and recovering from his injuries. 

Witnesses saw a silver car leave the area after the gunshot. Police have arrested 23 year old Heather D. Mears, 20 year old Terrell N. Wilson, and 22 year old Paul A. Wilkins Jr., all of Burlington, Iowa. Mears and Wilson have been charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st   Degree, a class B felony. Wilkins Jr. has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder and Robbery 1st Degree, both class B felonies.

Previous story:

Tense moments yesterday afternoon as police arrived at this scene to find neighbors scrambling to save a gunshot victim, all while kids were getting out of Lincoln Elementary School just a block away. 

It happened just after three yesterday afternoon, just minutes before school was about to let out, in an alley on the 1400 block between Avenue F and Avenue G in Fort Madison.    

Police found 25 year old Matthew Griffiths of Fort Madison shot in the leg.   

He was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to Iowa City. No word on his condition tonight.   

"I heard what sounded like a gunshot," a witness, Stephen Gelsthorpe, says. 

"I saw someone limping, and I saw just the back of the car speed off," another witness Frank Munoz. 

They say it happened fast.

"I saw a guy laying in the alley," Gelsthorpe says. 

"It was slowly squirting out blood," Munoz says, "I was freaked out, I was really freaked out."

Neighbors jumped into action, calling 9-1-1 and giving first aid.  

"I got some rags from the back of the car and just held them on his knee because he got shot on his knee," Munoz says. 

It all happened so fast, police didn't have time to lock down the school nearby. 

"The chaos of trying to respond to the call, trying to figure out if it was just a shooting, or if it was an accidental shooting, or what it truly was," Fort Madison Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer says. 

"So in that case we just had all of our off duty officers respond to the area to look for anything out of the ordinary," Chief Niggemeyer says. 

But by then, the shooter was gone. 

"The shooter had left going westbound which is in the opposite direction of the school," Chief Niggemeyer says. 

Police say this was an isolated incident, but family members like Mark Bowman, who was picking up his grandson from school at the time, are uneasy it happened at all.  

"It bothered me yes, because I don't want anything to happen to him," Bowman says. 

"If I would've known about it, yea I would've locked down, I don't want anything to happen to my grandson or any of these kids," he says. 

Police say yesterday's shooing is not connected to the school, but they are still investigating.

If you have any information, contact the Fort Madison Police or the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations.

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