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Dyersville shooting victim's neighbors react

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Dyersville (KWWL) -- Authorities have identified the victim killed in a Saturday afternoon shooting in Dyersville. They say 24-year-old David Herman was shot and killed in front of an apartment complex by a maintenance man hired by the landlords to do locksmith work. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department questioned the maintenance man and later released him.

Herman's neighbors say they can't believe he got into an argument that resulted in his death.

"Never seen him mad at anybody or even yelling. He wasn't a violent guy at all," Curtis Savage said.

Savage moved into the apartment complex on ninth street from Chicago a few months ago. Herman was one of the first people Savage met and became friends with.

"Dave was a beautiful guy. Like a Santa Claus figure," Savage said.

Savage says on Friday, Herman brought over his children's old toys for savage's children to have. He says it's hard to think about what happened less than 24 hours later.

"I'm still, like...Amazed that he's dead," Savage said.

Neighbors say Herman's family was evicted, and on Saturday afternoon Herman was moving his last things out of his apartment They say the maintenance man came and rekeyed Herman's locks

Later, an argument happened that ended when authorities say the maintenance man shot twice and killed Herman. Neighbors say Herman was shot in the chest.

The county attorney's office decided to have the maintenance man released after the sheriff's department's questioning.  The attornye's office would handle any charges.

Savage says after the shooting, he's concerned for the safety of himself and his children.

"I never would've thought this would happen in this community, around all these children. Why would a guy be doing maintenance around here carrying a gun? If he's that scared, he's not the person to be around here," Savage said.

Authorities are investigating whether the maintenance man was justified in using deadly force with Herman Officials with the sheriff's department say the man who shot Herman and was released is not considered a threat to the community.

Herman's body is at the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny for an autopsy.

Online ReporterJamie Grey

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