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Arrest made in Mason City drive-by shooting

Jacob Wilson
Jacob Wilson

Shots fired in June 2018.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 10:35 AM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 2:10 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A Clear Lake man is arrested for being the driver in a drive-by shooting in Mason City.

Jacob Wilson, 27, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail around 10 pm Saturday. He is being held on $5,000 bond. A criminal complaint was filed on October 29 accusing Wilson of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Investigators say Wilson was the driver of a vehicle that fired shots at another vehicle on June 21, 2018, in the 200 block of S. Ohio Avenue. Court documents state an unidentified passenger is the one who fired a 9 mm handgun at people in another vehicle. Court documents also do not identify who was being shot at.

Pete Craven lives near the crime scene, and remembers learning of the gunplay after returning home.

"We got out of the car, there was a guy out in the street searching for something. I went out to ask him what was going on and found out that he was a policeman, didn't have a uniform on, and he told us there had been a shooting here in the driveway."

The investigation had officers blocking off the street for a time.

"My neighbor next door was out and he had to park up there and walk down. They wouldn't let him drive through, because he was still looking for the spent shells."

The incident was surprising to residents of the ordinarily quiet neighborhood.

"I just wondered why they would come out here in this neighborhood, because it's mostly older people and quiet. We don't get a lot of traffic up here."

Robin Dall-Winther-Spurbeck lives a block over from where the shooting took place. 

"Where you think you can be safe...it's anywhere. It's scary."

Over time, she's noticed the town she's lived in since she was a kid has changed. Now, she's taking extra safety precautions.

"Before, I was ok to leave the door unlocked, and you wouldn't think about it. Now I'm making sure everything is definitely locked."

When the incident occurred, Mason City police said they found a suspect vehicle with a firearm in it but made no arrests.

The case is still under investigation. Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley says more charges are forthcoming.

For previous coverage of this story, click here.

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