SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — UPDATE: The Sioux City Police Department (SCPD) are on the lookout for a man responsible for firing a gun in Downtown Sioux City Monday morning.
According to officers that were on the scene, the incident happened at the 1000 block of Pierce Street just before noon.
The incident started as a verbal argument between two men that ended with the suspect firing a handgun which missed the other man and the shooter fled the scene in a light colored SUV, according to a release.
Officers don’t know what the cause of the incident was.
“The victim did not want to pursue charges, so at this point, all we have is if we can identify the suspect shooter, it’s discharging a firearm in city limits,” said Sergeant Tyler Hartwell of the SCPD.
Police originally believed the incident was a case of road rage.
Nationally, cases of road rage involving a firearm has gotten more dangerous over the past three years.
According to the website Everytown for Gun Safety, 39% of road rage incidents in 2019 resulted in injury or death. In 2021, the percentage increased to 62%.
While few cases of road rage are reported in the area, Sioux City police officer, Valerie Rose, told KCAU 9 that it does happen.
“If you are confronted with a driver that is experiencing road rage, we just tell you to ignore them. You can’t control other people, all you can do is control the actions of yourself, so don’t engage with them because you don’t know what that person could do and it could put you in danger,” said Officer Rose.
According to AutoVantage, 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
PREVIOUS: The Sioux City Police Department is currently investigating a road rage incident that allegedly escalated to a shooting downtown.
According to officials, the incident happened at the 1000 block of Pierce Street at around 11:45 a.m. Officials said two men were involved in the incident.
Authorities said the two men were arguing when one pulled a pistol and fired at the other. The victim fell to the ground but was not hit. The suspect fled the scene afterward.
Police describe the suspect’s vehicle as an old, white Ford Explorer with no plates.
Officials have reported that there were no injuries and the victim stated he does not know the shooter and does not plan to press charges. Officials are continuing their investigation and charges are pending at this time.
Anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of the suspect are asked to contact the Sioux City Police Department at 279-6960 or Crime Stoppers at 258-8477.
This is a developing story. We will continue to bring you updates as they become available.