Update: Shooting, Robbery Connected; Robbery Victims Targeted
Hamilton Police Chief Robb Bell said Thursday night that the early morning shooting in Keokuk and armed robbery in Hamilton are connected. He declined to say what prompted authorities to reach that conclusion, but he did say he's confident the armed robbery was an isolated incident.
"Because [the suspects] were targeting that residence and the people in the residence, so we don't feel other citizens in town are at risk at all," said Bell in an interview with Tri States Public Radio.
The Hamilton Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the apartment complex at 10 Hillcrest Heights at about 12:41 a.m. on Thursday.
Bell said two masked intruders, one of whom had a handgun, forced their way into an apartment and demanded cash before leaving with unknown items.
No injuries were reported.
Less than a half hour later, Keokuk police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of Belknap Boulevard. Upon arrival, they found Ian Keefe, 32, of Keokuk had been shot three times in the upper and lower torso.
He was taken to Keokuk Area Hospital, but his condition has not been released. Two dogs inside the home were also shot during the incident.
Police said two masked suspects fled the scene in a passenger car.