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Dubuque man charged with attempted murder following shots fired incident

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque Police Department says a 29-year-old man has been detained on charges that include attempted murder, following a shots fired incident in downtown Dubuque earlier this month.

Charles Layfield, of Dubuque, is in custody on charges of Attempted Murder, Going Armed with Intent and Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, according to police. Authorities believe Layfield may have been involved in a shots fired incident in Dubuque in the early morning hours of September 11.

Club owner Dave Lorenz was standing at the front door when he says Layfield shoved past his two bouncers with a gun in hand.

"It was frightening. When he walked in, he shoved my two bouncers and displayed a gun, it was frightening. I mean, those things don't happen everyday in a normal persons life," he said.

22-year-old Shadeed Monroe was also arrested at the scene that night and charged with Reckless Use of a Firearm. He has since been released from jail.

The shots were fired near Club Rondavoo, which had opened just days before the incident. The owner says there was no gunfire inside of the establishment. Police say shell casings, a handgun and blood were discovered by investigators on the scene, but no one reported being shot. They say additional charges are possible in connection with the incident.

Club Rondavoo is another in a long line of attempts by Lorenz to provide a fun, safe space for people in the downtown neighborhood.  He says this incident on the club's opening weekend, was heartbreaking.

"It's impossible to control an uncontrollable problem. I always look at it like, I can't stop a plane from falling out of a the sky, and if someone comes in displaying a gun, it's pretty hard to control that, because it's an uncontrollable problem. Controllable problems--I think we take a good stand on it, we do a real good job," he said.

He has since added a third bouncer and now has a security system with cameras in place.

KWWL's Brad Hanson contributed to this report.

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