Dubuque officials say a recent string of gun-related violence is spinning out of control and endangering the community. That comes after three incidents this week involving shots fired.
Monday evening in the area of 13th and Iowa Streets, just before 9 p.m., two groups of people were involved in a fight that led to shots fired. Police say they are not aware of any injuries stemming from that.
Later Monday night, just after 11 p.m., Dubuque police responded to the area of 15th and Bluff Streets for a report of a man with a gun. A chase ensued, during which the man fired a shot at officers. Police eventually cornered and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Campbell Jr. of Dubuque. He's in the Dubuque County jail, held on a $100,000 bond.
The third incident happened Wednesday afternoon, around 3:15 p.m. Police responded to the area of 15th and Iowa Streets for a report of shots fired. That's near Jackson Park. There were no reported injuries and those involved fled before police arrived.
"These individuals obviously have absolutely no regard for the safety of the children, the general population in the area, the innocent people that are working hard to keep to community safe, doing all the right things," Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police Department said Thursday afternoon.
Since Wednesday night, Dubuque police arrested eight men in connection with the week's first shooting. They appeared before a judge Thursday morning via closed-circuit TV in the Dubuque County courthouse.
All of the men currently live in the Dubuque area, though none of them grew up there. They are:
Davon Harrison, 20
Christopher Sharpe II, 23
Principal Springer, 27
Delon Runnels, 22
Joseph Wright, 24
Derrick Moore, 18
Sylvester Durrah, 29
Joseph Lewis Jr., 31
Dubuque County prosecutors are charging the men, who city traffic cameras put at the scene of the fight, with rioting, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Assistant county prosecutor Chris Corken argued the bond for each man should remain at the $10,000 cash set initially upon the men's arrests.
"These allegations are extremely dangerous and they simply have to stop," she said in court Thursday. "They have spiraled out of control."
Dubuque County District Associate Judge Randal Nigg kept each man's bond at $10,000 cash.
"The officers, investigators and county attorney's office didn't hesitate on it," Baxter said, adding they, "want to get these people off the street, send that message to them, in case it's not blatantly clear already, that it's not going to be tolerated and we're going to come after them with everything in our power."
He said there are outstanding warrants and police expect to have more arrests in the near future.
"I think that will, hopefully, minimize the violence we've seen," Baxter said, referring to the arrests made so far, "but we still have additional arrests to make. We still have individuals we're actively and aggressively looking for."
Court documents show there has been an ongoing feud since March of this year between members of the two groups involved in the street fight Monday night.
"It's deeply concerning for us, as it should be for the entire community," Baxter said. "That's why we're taking a zero tolerance and a very aggressive approach to it."
Baxter said officials believe at least two of this week's incidents are related. There are no known injuries stemming from any of this week's gun violence.