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One arrested in downtown shooting that sent man to hospital
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One arrested in downtown shooting that sent man to hospital

Will Earnest Young Jr.

Will Earnest Young Jr.: 

One arrested in downtown shooting that sent man to hospital

WATERLOO – One person has been arrested in connection with a weekend fight downtown that left a man with gunshot wounds.

Waterloo police arrested Will Earnest Young Jr., 29, of Cedar Falls, on Sunday for willful injury causing serious injury and intimidation with a weapon. As of Monday he was being held without bond at the Black Hawk County Jail.

Authorities said Young and his brother were involved in a fight with Joseph Anthony Ayala of Waterloo around 1:35 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of West Fourth Street.

During the struggle, Young allegedly pulled out a pistol and shot Ayala multiple times, according to court records. Ayala suffered two bullet wounds in this hip and a third in his thigh, and he retreated to Kings and Queens bar to seek help. Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took him to UnityPoint-Health Allen Hospital where he underwent surgery.

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Young allegedly fled, and officers found him at his mobile home on Ridgeway Avenue in Cedar Falls where he was detained, according to court records. Investigators seized a 9 mm pistol when they searched his home, records state.

Part of the altercation was recorded on security video, and police found three spent 9 mm shell casings in the 300 block of West Fourth.

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