Neighbors say they’re concerned after early morning double homicide in Mason City


MASON CITY, Iowa – Many in the neighborhood of North Hampshire Avenue heard the commotion around 2:15 Thursday morning.

“I am surprised, I’m really scared because I thought this was probably the best area to live in in Mason City, as far as that goes,” Brooke Streightiff said.

“Very quiet, never had any problems since I lived here, I’ve lived here for 16 years,” Gloria Paulsen said.

They can’t believe the details unfolding in the neighborhood.

“I know it happens every day but I just heard it through the grapevine, then I looked up KIMT, I saw his and the others, I’m like still freaking out,” Streightiff said.

Mason City Police Captain Mike McKelvey says law enforcement rushed to the scene when they received the call.

Caleb Christensen
Caleb Christensen

“2:15 they got a call that there were shots fired at this address, so police, county deputies, fire department responded,” McKelvey said. “Found two persons inside deceased, Melinda Kavars and Caleb Christensen.”

McKelvey explains after finding the bodies, they found Veal down the block.

“Basically the foot pursuit started because Peter would not stop for police they had to apprehend him,” McKelvey said.

McKelvey knows some in the neighborhood may be a little shaken up, but says there is no threat to them.

“The general public is not at risk, no one needs to be worried about ongoing stuff like this, hopefully it’s been taken care of,” he said.

“Even though they caught whoever it was, I’m actually really scared, it could happen again, who knows,” Streightiff said.

Police say they are going to need to gather a lot of details before they can piece together exactly what happened and that includes waiting for autopsy results and conducting search warrants.

Court records show Veal has been in and out of the Cerro Gordo County Jail as an adult since 2003 but Sheriff Kevin Pals says Veal’s criminal past dates back to when he was a juvenile. In 2013 he was arrested by Mason City police for domestic assault, false imprison and criminal mischief and was sentenced to serve five years in prison for those crimes in 2014, but was released in November of 2015.

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