Man charged with attempted murder in Saturday shooting

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – An 18-year-old Fort Madison man is now being charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident on Saturday in the 2600 block of Avenue I.

Wade Lee Shaffer, 18, is being held at the Lee County Jail on charges of attempted murder and carrying weapons. The attempted murder charge is a Class B Felony in Iowa punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Carrying weapons is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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Shaffer is alleged to have fired multiple shots at Zachariah Raines, 19, also of Fort Madison, striking him once in the shoulder, as a result of a fist fight the two were having in a yard on Saturday, March 20, right at noon.

Lee County Attorney Ross Braden said he moved the charges up after evidence showed Shaffer fired more than one shot in Raines direction with one striking him.

“Anytime in Lee County when you produce a gun and discharge it at someone, we tend to believe your intent is to kill the other person,” Braden said.

Braden said Shaffer had a protective order against him prior to the fight which prohibits him from carrying a weapon. He also said evidence shows that Raines was unarmed during the fight.

Shaffer is being held on a $250,000 cash only bond. Curtis Dial of Keokuk is listed as Shaffer’s attorney and filed an appearance on Tuesday. A preliminary hearing is set for March 30.

Fort Madison Police were called to the 2600 block of Avenue I just after noon Saturday after receiving a report of the incident. Search warrants were executed on two homes and two vehicles on the block during a five-hour investigation of the scene and circumstances.

Raines was taken by ambulance to Fort Madison Community Hospital and was later airlifted to Iowa City for treatment where he was listed in good condition.

Shaffer is held under a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

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