Man Charged with Attempted Murder Following Shooting in Oelwein

KCRG/Gazette/Waterloo Courier Staff Reports

Law enforcement officers with the Oelwein police department, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigate the scene where two people were shot at a house at 170 Tenth Avenue NW, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Oelwein, Iowa. According to the Oelwein police department, the shootings happened about 6:50am and the two individuals were taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

OELWEIN, Iowa -- A 44-year-old Oelwein man faces an attempted murder charge after police responded to a shooting early Tuesday morning and found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds inside a home.

A release from the Oelwein Police Department said the charges come after police received a 911 call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of 10th Avenue NW just before 7 a.m.. The release said there was active gunfire inside the house when officers arrived on scene.

Shortly after officers began engaging with those in the house, the police chief said Myron Dewayne Meador left the home.

Meador was detained and taken to Oelwein Mercy Hospital to receive medical treatment for what police are calling 'self-inflicted' injuries. He was later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan said Niki Jolene Meador, 38, was found in the house.

“She had been shot multiple times," Chief Logan said.

Niki Meador was also taken to Oelwein Mercy Hospital and later transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by air.

Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Myron Dewayne Meador for attempted murder. The release said more charges are pending.

Residents in Oelwein said they were shocked when they heard about the double shooting.

"I just think it is kind of bizarre because you don’t get that stuff happen very much around here," said Oelwein Resident Clark Moser.

Don Welsh, who lives about a block from the home said he noticed squad cars when he awoke Tuesday. He knew something was wrong when he saw crime tape winding through adjacent yards outside his window.

He said the couple who lives at the house, Niki and Myron Meador, who have lived there for at least three years. They are nice people, and the neighborhood is normally quiet, he added.

"It's kind of laid back, and not a lot of activity. But all of our communities change. We got people that filtrate through," said Shirley Mendez.

Mendez lives two blocks away. She said the shooting was "too close for comfort."

People who know the Meador family are thinking about them.

"Just hoping and praying that she (Niki) lives, and, you know, I don’t know about him, that he gets help, said Susan Brockmeyer.

Brockmeyer said she grew up with Niki and broke down while shopping when she heard who was involved in Tuesday's shooting.

We'll be working with Oelwein Police as this investigation continues. Check back for updates.
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