WATERLOO, Iowa (ABC News) – An investigation is ongoing into a highway shooting death in eastern Iowa. A young woman on her way home from work was shot while she was driving.
Authorities are looking for the person who shot and killed 25-year-old Micalla Rettinger.
“Micalla was a very giving person,” said Micalla’s dad, Dr. Steven Rettinger. “She had a huge heart she never met anybody she didn’t like.”
Rettinger was driving home with two others from her job at a bar near Waterloo, Iowa Sunday around 2:30 a.m. when that fatal bullet tore through the window of her Jeep, ending her life.
Rettinger was able to pull the car over but died at the scene.
“They weren’t out doing anything illegal or unusual, they were simply coming home from work,” Major Joe Leibold of the Waterloo Police Department said. “At this point, we’re not aware of any vehicles on the road, but if someone was out there and saw something, we would encourage them to call us.”
Her boyfriend Adam Kimball, was also in the car. The 32-year-old was struck in the face by the same bullet but survived.
“I just pray that the person that did this. I hope it was an accident. If it wasn’t an accident. I hope they don’t do it to anybody else,” said Steven Rettinger.
Officials now turning to the public for any video or surveillance images from that area.
“We’re pursuing all investigatory avenues, whether it started on the roadway, whether it was off the road, whether it was further down the riverbed over there,” Leibold said. “It’s not legal to hunt at 2 o clock in the morning.”
Rettinger was a star softball player at the University of Northern Iowa. Overnight, the school remembered their friend, who had dreamed of becoming a dentist.
Police say they are looking into the possibility that is may have been an accidental shot by someone who was hunting illegally.
There is now a $7,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.