An altercation escalatesFive in custody following Tuesday afternoon shooting
By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
Five people are in custody, including two Galesburg, Ill., men charged with attempted murder, following an altercation Tuesday afternoon that escalated into gunfire.
Arrested and charged in the incident were two Burlington residents and three Illinois men. Those arrested and the charges follow:
Lewis Christen, 23, Chicago, Ill., assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor; Tyrance Campbell, 19, Burlington, second-degree theft, a class D felony; Robert McClendon, 23, Burlington, assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor; Kenny Brown, 22, Galesburg, Ill., attempted murder, a class B felony; and Allen Pedn, 19, Galesburg, Ill., attempted murder, a class B felony.
The Mt. Pleasant Police were called at 2:32 p.m., Tuesday to a report of a fight in the Mt. Pleasant McDonald’s parking lot. Prior to their arrival, officers were advised that one of the subjects involved in the fight was shooting a gun.
Officers were also advised that two of the subjects involved had fled the scene on foot. The other subjects involved fled in a green car and a black sport utility vehicle.
When en route, officers located the black sport utility vehicle and were able to stop it in the 700 block of Cedar Lane, located just southwest of McDonald’s. The vehicle appeared to have been shot multiple times.
The two subjects that fled on foot were located near the Meadow Brook Apartments, located west of McDonald’s. Both subjects were taken into custody. A semi-automatic handgun also was located near the doorway of one of the apartments.
The green car was located in Des Moines County a short time later. The driver was taken into custody and transported back to Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant Police Chief Ron Archer said eight shell casings from a semi-automatic handgun were found in the McDonald’s parking lot.
The investigation is continuing, Archer said.
In addition to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, law enforcement personnel from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and New London Police Department assisted at the scene.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.