Two charged in shooting incident

Two teenagers wounded

Two Marshalltown men have been charged with attempted murder following a weekend shooting in which two teenagers were wounded.

According to the Marshalltown Police Department, at 11:47 p.m. Friday, officers were called to the 700 block of East Anson Street to investigate a complaint of gunshots. Upon arrival, and following a preliminary investigation, officers determined that an altercation had occurred outside just a block away in the 700 block of May Street.

During this altercation, one of the teens displayed, and ultimately fired, multiple gunshots, injuring two 17-year-old males.

Then just a few hours later, at 5:54 a.m. Saturday, officers executed a search warrant in the 800 block of East Anson Street where they arrested two suspects — Efrain Javier Torres-Weitzell, 18, and Gerardo Andrade, 18. Both were taken into custody without incident.

“This was not a random act of violence,” said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper, adding it appears that all parties were acquainted.

The two teenagers wounded, both 17, were transported to medical facilities — one was treated and released locally; the other remains in a Des Moines-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

As to what led up to the altercation or what type of weapon was used, Tupper said that is still under investigation. However, he said authorities are asking for the public’s help.

“We’re still pretty certain there were other people in the area, who may have cell phone video or information about the incident,” he said, adding that his office is also interested in homeowners in that neighborhood who may have security camera video they want to share with the MPD.

As to the suspects, both Torres-Weitzell and Andrade were charged with two counts of attempted murder; Torres-Weitzell was also charged with going armed with intent. Both are currently being held in the Marshall County Jail.

Tupper said while the investigation is ongoing, he commended the work of his officers in quickly responding to the incident and securing the arrests of the two suspects only a few hours later.

Those with information about this incident should call the MPD at (641) 754-5725. Information can also be submitted to Marshall County Crime Stoppers by telephoning (641) 753-1234 or via text messaging by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637) or online at www.marshallcountycs.com. All tips to Marshall County Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000.

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Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com