UPDATE: 60-year-old Larry Whaley, who’s been charged with first-degree murder, will not be released from custody after his primarily hearing Thursday.
The judge feels the evidence in the case leads Whaley to face a jury trial. Whaley’s bond will stay the same at $500,000. His arraignment has been scheduled for Dec. 20 at 1:15 p.m. in Mason City.
MASON CITY, Iowa – Police responding to a domestic call early Friday morning discovered a young woman suffering from a gunshot wound.
The apparent crime scene was at an apartment complex just across the street from Lincoln Intermediate, making for a scary moment for school leaders.
“We just first wanted to get information from the Mason City Police Department to make sure that it was safe to have staff and students at school,” Superintendent Mike Penca with Mason City Schools said.
Police confirmed moments after the shooting it would be safe for those in the neighborhood. Three people were taken into custody, but only 60 year old Larry Whaley was charged with attempted murder.
“To that end I would say we’re comfortable that its limited to people who were in engaged in this situation and not to the rest of the community,” Chief Jeff Brinkley with the Mason City Police Department said.
Brinkley tells us Whaley and the 19-year old victim know each other. This marks the fifth shooting in Mason City in roughly the last six weeks and those living in town are concerned.
“Partically in the firearms stuff, there’s evidence there that we’re recovering, that tells us these are separate incidents and so to that end I know the public is maybe growing weary of the message. While these things are happening we still think that they are isolated to the people involved,” Brinkley said.
Penca finds this kind of criminal activity concerning, considering it happened so close to the school.
“I think it’s always a concern in our community when unsafe things are happening,” Penca said.
Penca says from what he observed kids were doing ok.
“I went over to the school. I know both our administrators were out at both entrances greeting students and what I was able to observe were students coming in as normal not much of a disruption,” Penca said.
Police have not released the name of the young woman who’s been injured. She’s being treated at Mayo Clinic for life threatening injuries.
Whaley is being held on a $100,000 bond.