Waterloo shooting victim identified

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 10:36 AM CST
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) -Authorities have released the name of a Waterloo woman who died in a recent shooting.

Police say Jada J. Young-Mills, 27, died at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital from gunshot wound injuries after a shooting that happened on Saturday, November 14th.

Lasondra A. Johnson, 36, was arrested and charged with First-Degree Murder in Young-Mills' death.

At 12:12 A.M. on the night of the shooting, Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Deputies heard gunshots in the ara of Edison Street and Grandview Avenue in Waterloo, according to a release.

According to a criminal complaint, a Waterloo Police Officer found Young-Mills unresponsive lying on a floor at 723 Dawson Street in Waterloo.

Officers say they talked to several witnesses who said Johnson and Young-Mills had gotten into an argument that escalated into a physical fight.

According to the criminal complaint, others broke up the fight, then Johnson got a gun from her vehicle. Witnesses told police that Johnson then pointed the gun at Young-Mills and shot her.

Investigators later interviewed and arrested Johnson in connection with the incident.

They say Johnson told them that Young-Mills and several others were assaulting her and that Johnson admitted to firing her handgun, but said she only fired a warning shot in the air.

She is currently in custody at the Black Hawk County Jail. Her bond is cash-only and set at $1,000,000. She’s scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, November 24th.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Waterloo Police Department.

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