WATERLOO | A Waterloo man remains hospitalized as police continue to investigate two incidents involving gunfire from Wednesday night.
It isn’t clear if the two incidents -- a botched grocery store robbery that ended with a brief gunfight in one part of town; and a man found minutes later with a possible gunshot wound in another part of town -- are related.
As of Thursday morning, Waterloo police said Charles Earl Jones, 21, of 325 Western Ave., remained at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital. His injuries don’t appear to be life threatening.
“He does have a bullet lodged in his back,” said Capt. David Mohlis with the Waterloo Police Department. He said doctors were considering whether they should conduct surgery to remove the projectile.
Mohlis said officers are investigating both Jones’ case and a robbery at Save More Foods, 1975 Franklin St., which ended in an exchange of gunfire. But he said they don’t have any evidence that the two are connected.
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Officers were called to a holdup alarm at Save More at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. Police said a man with a handgun had entered the store. What happened next wasn’t clear, but Mohlis said both the employee and the robber fired. At this point, it’s unclear who shot first and how many shots were fired. The lone robber then fled on foot.
While officers were searching for evidence at the grocery store, neighbors in the area of West Eighth and Leavitt streets heard gunshots and called police at 9:54 p.m.
One resident said she heard about four shots, and another woman said she saw a man on the ground under a tree at the corner of the intersection. She said he was screaming.
Jones was conscious and alert at the scene, police said. No spent shell casings were found at the Leavitt Street scene, authorities said.