Police: Homeless Man Fires Gun in Iowa City Grocery Store

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An apparently homeless man was arrested Monday at the shelter in Iowa City after police said he fired a handgun in the bathroom at a nearby grocery store over the weekend.

Officers were called to the Hy-Vee Food Store at 1720 Waterfront Drive in Iowa City about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after employees heard a single gunshot in the bathroom, according to a criminal complaint.

Workers told investigators that only one man was in the bathroom at the time of the gunshot, and they later found a 9 mm casing on the bathroom floor, police reported. The workers told officers that the suspect left the bathroom in a hurry and walked toward the homeless shelter, which is located a few blocks from the Hy-Vee.

Officers found a man matching the description at the shelter a short time later, and Hy-Vee workers identified him as the same man who was in the bathroom when the gunshot occurred, according to the complaint.

Investigators searched the surrounding area and found the gun they believe was used in the Hy-Vee, along with a couple loaded magazines, according to police. A K-Mart identification card for the suspect was found with the gun and magazines, police reported, and they found a footprint matching the shoe he was wearing.

Braelon J. White, 23, was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony carrying weapons and misdemeanor carrying weapons, reckless use of a firearm and discharge of firearms. He's being held in the Johnson County Jail without bond.

Police reported that White has prior weapons charges in Chicago, including a robbery charge as a juvenile that was adjudicated.

Editor's Note: Most of the charges against Braelon J. White in the below incident were dismissed. White was arrested on suspicion of felony carrying weapons and misdemeanor carrying weapons, reckless use of a firearm and discharge of firearms in connection with the incident. Online court records show the felony carrying weapons, reckless use of a firearm and discharge of firearms in city limits charges were dismissed. White pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor carrying weapons charge in March. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and a fine of $315.
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