WATERLOO | One person died in a Christmas Eve shooting at a Waterloo home.
Officers and paramedics were called to a home at 302 E. 10th St. at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday. Randy Dawson, who lives at the address, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, according to Daniel Trelka, director of safety services for Waterloo. No arrests have been made.
Dawson was a helpful neighbor, said Brandy Iehl, who lives two houses down on East 10th Street. Dawson helped her change a flat tire on her truck.
“I didn’t even ask, he came over and offered,” Iehl said.
Iehl said her heart goes out to his family.
Neighbors said Dawson lived there with other relatives. Most who were home at the time of the shooting said they didn’t hear much until police arrived.
“I was sitting here, and I heard like three loud thuds. It didn’t really sound like gunshots to me, just thuds. Then next thing I know, I heard all the sirens,” said one neighbor a few doors down from the scene of the shooting.
Other neighbors who were home at the time of the incident said they didn’t hear anything and were unaware of the incident until police arrived.
“I heard nothing,” said J.T. Smith, who lives at 308 E. 10th St. “I was here watching TV and I didn’t know anything was going on until I saw the (police) lights.”
Iehl, who lives at the same address, came home from a Christmas light festival with her son and said the incident leaves her unnerved.
“I’ve got a 5-year-old who lays his head down right there,” she said pointing at her home one house away from the scene of the shooting.
Neighbors said Dawson and his relatives moved into the house, which sits on the corner of East 10th and Lafayette streets, less than a year ago. One neighbor across 10th Street said he has heard recent early morning altercations take place at the home.
“It’s like 5:30 (a.m.) and people are yelling,” he said.
Officers cordoned off the home with crime scene tape and posted two squad cars to guard the scene through Christmas day pending the arrival of investigators.
“This is getting too close to home. I’ve been here 17 years, and sure there has been a thing happen a time or two, but there’s been a lot of shooting going on anymore,” a neighbor who declined to give her name. “I wish people could just get along.”
Trelka said late Wednesday police were looking for one or two "persons of interest" in the investigation.
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