BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Police are investigating a shooting that took place Saturday right at noon, that sent one Fort Madison man to the hospital.
Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff said police were called to the 2600 block of Avenue I at 12:01 p.m. after a man was shot as a result of an escalating fist fight.
Rohloff said the victim, Zachariah J. Raines, 19, was shot in the shoulder with a hand gun and was taken to Iowa City via helicopter. He was reported to be in good condition. Raines was located after the shooting a short ways from the incident in the same block.
A 19-year-old Fort Madison man, Wade Lee Shaffer was arrested and is currently being held at the Lee County Jail as a result of the shooting. He has been charged with disorderly conduct and reckless use of a firearm causing injury.
“You can assume the charges will be elevated with the circumstances we have,” he said.
“We are currently working with the Lee County Attorney’s office and obtaining search warrants for two residences and two vehicles in the area,” Rohloff said.
The city street was barricaded for more than five hours as the search warrants were executed.
Rohloff said police don’t feel there is any danger to the public as the incident was isolated between the two men. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and Lee County EMS assisted at the scene.
Police were also looking for another subject in the area who was reported to have brandished a weapon to five juveniles in the area, but Rohloff said he couldn’t connect that incident to the shooting.
Rohloff said the investigation is ongoing and additional witnesses are still being sought. Shaffer is presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty in a court of law.
This story was updated Sunday, March 21, at 11:18 a.m. to reflect the charges and names of those involved.