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Mother Killed, Daughter Injured in Waterloo Shooting

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WATERLOO, Iowa - A Waterloo woman was shot and wounded and her mother killed only hours after she sought the court's protection from her boyfriend, according to court records.

Police and paramedics found 33-year-old Marlene Buss with gunshot wounds outside the home she shared with her mother, 59-year-old Kay Straw.

Inside, authorities found Straw, also suffering from bullet wounds.

Medics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took Straw to Allen Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled for today at the Iowa Criminalistics Laboratory in Ankeny.

Buss was taken to an undisclosed to location to be treated, police said. She is expected to live.

Police said they were looking for a person of interest in the shooting but declined to name the person. Lt. Michael McNamee of the Waterloo Police Department said the shooting, which erupted at 704 Newell St., wasn't a random act. The killer and his victims knew each other, police said.

He said Buss, called police earlier in the day to report a problem she was having with another person. McNamee declined to release further details about the earlier incident.

Court records show that Buss showed up at the Black Hawk County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon seeking an order to protect her from boyfriend Kevin Deshay Ambrose, who was living with her.

In the application, she called Ambrose crazy saying she had been threatened and feared for her life.

"He assaulted my 14 yr son. He is very violent and abueisive (sic) ... He has carges (sic) against my son for assault and awaiting trial for charges my some can not come home," Buss wrote.

"He told me today if he found out where I was at he was going to beat my ass," Buss wrote.

She requested an order that would keep Ambrose from going to her home and bar him from contacting her.

The paperwork was stamped at 3:50 p.m., and it wasn't immediately clear if it has been served on Ambrose.

Then shortly before 7 p.m. Buss called 911 to report that she had been shot.

Investigators believe the shooting happened inside the home, where Straw was shot. Buss fled the home and was apparently shot outside, McNamee said.

Detectives believe a handgun was used, and the weapon hasn't been recovered.

Police said both women lived at the home. Buss and Ambrose took out a marriage license in February, according to Courier records, but court records indicate they were living together but not married.

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