MASON CITY, Iowa - A shooting last night in Mason City leaves some residents surprised that anything like that would happen in their quiet neighborhood.
Around 6:17 p.m. Thursday night, 911 dispatch received a call of shots fired in the 1700 block of 4th Street SE, though the shooting was confined to the 200 block of South Ohio Avenue.
Jim Farghum and his wife were on the patio in their back yard enjoying the first night of summer when it all happened. After initially thinking the blasts were from fireworks, Jim says he realized they sounded more like gun shots. He then heard a vehicle speeding off with sirens right behind it a few minutes later.
"I didn't hear anything. We just heard the noises."
He says that this sort of incident is unheard of in this neighborhood.
"It's usually been pretty quiet out here. That's about it...it surprised us."
Despite the incident, he still feels safe living here, but hopes something like this doesn't happen again.
Mason City Police have found a suspect vehicle with a firearm in it, but there have been no arrests at this time, and there is no ongoing threat to the public. If you do have any information, you are encouraged to call police.