Shooting probe ongoing

Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads pertaining to a shooting on New Year’s Day in which an apartment building and truck were struck.

The Fort Dodge Police Department responded to the apartment building at 2648 Fourth Ave. N. after receiving a report about shots being fired.

Michelle Leith, who lives in unit three, told police she heard shots fired and saw a “projectile” come through the west wall of her living room, which then went straight through a second wall before stopping inside her microwave, according to Assistant Police Chief Kevin Doty.

The three people inside the apartment at the time were not hurt.

Investigators have said they don’t believe the apartment was the intended target.

In addition to the apartment, a 2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck, which belongs to Blake Peterson, 20, 2638 Fourth Ave. N., unit F, was hit by a bullet, according to Doty.

Investigators haven’t concluded whether or not the truck was the intended target.

But authorities have said that they don’t believe the New Year’s Day incident is connected to a series of shootings that happened on Christmas Eve.

In those incidences, police responded to one woman’s house twice after she heard gunshots being fired, and were called to Trinity Regional Medical Center after a woman reported being shot in the hip.

Two men were also taken to the hospital and treated for injuries they sustained after being shot.

No one was seriously hurt.

Police believe those shootings were committed by the same person.

Though the FDPD didn’t have any new developments to report Friday, Doty said investigators are still asking for the public’s help in solving the New Year’s Day incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.