BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE:
On Thursday, November 7 police responded to a multiple shots fired call around 3:06 p.m in the 1700-block of Amelia Street. Once police had arrived on scene, they found evidence of gunshots fired from a shotgun, but the suspect had already fled the area. No injuries were reported at that scene.
While that scene was being investigated, Police responded to Highway 34 and Central Avenue around 3:55 p.m. for a “personal injury accident.” The statement goes on to say “witnesses indicated a male fled on foot from the vehicle involved in the accident and was armed with a shotgun. The male was last seen running into the timber out of Highway 34. The Burlington Police Department and Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office began canvassing the area in an attempt to locate the male armed with the shotgun. At approximately 4:09 p.m. Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies encountered the male who was still armed with the shotgun. The male exchanged gunfire with the deputies before fleeing back into the wooded area.” It was a residential area. At 4:44 p.m. police located the suspect and taken into custody at Agency Street. The male had suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was transported to a GRMC. No officers were injured.
Just a few hours after that incident, over two dozen community members came together to try to put a stop to the violence through prayer and song at Burlington's Port. Some families were still concerned, however, “it’s scary and I raise my 3 grandkids and it’s not safe for them to be outside. So it’s really about watching your surroundings while you are out because you never know if you’ll get in the crossfire or you could be shot by somebody else out here being violent,” said Cheryl Bowman who organized the prayer vigil.
While that was happening, just a few blocks up the street there was a forum which included Burlington residents and city officials like Burlington Mayer Shane McCampbell, sitting together trying to find a solution to the city’s violence.
“Yeah people are concerned and people are shooting guns in town, that’s a concern. Where they’re running from the police and firing weapons, that’s a concern. That’s just kid something that is typical in a town like Burlington," said Mayor McCampbell.
The mayor says they’ve already implemented some ideas, like illuminating dark areas through the town and stationing more officers throughout the city.
The name of the suspect and deputies involved have not yet been released.
The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to avoid the areas of Agency and Plank Streets after a suspect shot at officers.
Officials with the sheriff's office tell TV6 there are no injuries at this point that they're aware of, but the public should avoid the area while units respond.
A viewer said her mother is in the area and she was asked by officers to stay indoors, hide and stay down.
TV6 is working to update this story as more information becomes available.