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Shooting at Iowa Western prompts security upgrades

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Wed Apr 30, 2014.

A 19-year-old Iowa Western Community College student was shot in the upper left arm Saturday evening in the parking lot of a dormitory in what he told authorities was a Craigslist deal gone wrong.

In the wake of the shooting, the college is planning to implement new security measures while the Council Bluffs Police Department is asking the public for tips to find the three men suspected of carrying out the assault.

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  • washingtonwarrior posted at 2:24 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    washingtonwarrior Posts: 43

    Agreed. I knew kids in high school who would rob dealers because they knew the "victims" wouldn't report the crime. Ha...

  • jthorn posted at 12:05 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    jthorn Posts: 52

    Your assumption about what was being purchased in a car on a dark sideroad from a guy in a Rastafarian tee is pretty much the same assumption I've made.

    However, this also raises the question of why the presumably-leafy transaction in question was being conducted in such murky and dangerous circumstances in the first place, when jugs of Everclear can legally be purchased by the crate downtown at Brewski's without that having yet caused the downfall of Western Civilization.

    I'm not a fan of leafy transactions myself, but I don't see enough of a difference between pot and booze to make one legal and one criminal.

  • timasdf posted at 3:49 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    timasdf Posts: 85

    Looks like washingtonworrier can read what's not written, too!

    I've bought and sold many (legal) items on craigslist. Never have I gotten into the stranger's vehicle to complete the purchase. Of course, I wasn't purchasing illegal items from the dealer, er...seller.

    If this were about the sale of a phone or iPad, the article would have mentioned it. Also, the "buyers" would have called 911, not driven themselves to the hospital without any report.

    Unless the would-be buyers refused to turn over the phone and/or e-mail of the sellers/shooters, there already would have been arrests in this case. It's not too hard to find someone when you have all of their contact info.

    Then again, perhaps these upstanding students needed what was being sold for medicinal purposes only? Probably to treat their glaucoma or to regain their appetite from chemotherapy treatments? [wink]

  • washingtonwarrior posted at 7:40 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    washingtonwarrior Posts: 43

    Don't buy and sell drugs on Craigslist and you won't get shot...

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