Dubuque Riot Suspects Appear in Court After String of Shots Fired

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Eight men are in the Dubuque County jail facing riot charges. This comes after three different incidents of shots fired just this week.

Police say these charges are a result of the large street fight that happened just before 9:00 pm on Monday. Law enforcement says two groups of men were fighting near St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop on Iowa Street. One of them fired shots. Others then took off running from the scene.

The gun violence happened in the neighborhood around Jackson Park, including shots fired yesterday afternoon while dozens of kids were playing in the park. That's why city put up a sign closing the park earlier than usual and police step up patrol.

On Wednesday afternoon police said someone fired shots at a car near Jackson Park. That bullet ricocheted and landed inside an office building. Police say right now, they aren't sure who was involved in that situation because no one is talking.

All eight men appeared in video court Thursday morning. That's where a judge set all of their bonds at $10,000.

Many of them denied their involvement in what police are calling a riot.
But according to court documents city traffic cameras caught the two groups approaching each other and then fighting. Investigators say there has a been a on-going feud between these two groups since March of this year.

Police say they have the right people in custody, but are still searching for a few others who are involved.

"We're hoping it sends a message that it's not going to be tolerated here," Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter said. "We want it to end before someone actually is seriously injured or killed."
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