Dubuque Police Investigate Shooting
Contacts: Lieutenant Joe Messerich, (563) 589-4473
Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444
On July 15, 2019, at approximately 12:55 AM, the Dubuque Police Department responded to the area of 515 Pickett St for a report of shots fired. Shortly after receiving this call, the Dubuque 9-1-1 Communication Center received a report that a subject that had been shot and was currently in the area of W. 16th and Cornell St.
Officers arrived on scene at W. 16th and Cornell St and found Randy F. Jackson, 18, of Cascade, IA, with a gunshot wound to his back. Jackson was transported to Mercy Hospital by the Dubuque Fire Department for treatment. His injuries are not considered life-threatening at this time.
Officers on Pickett St observed bullet holes in the windows and siding of 515 Pickett St and found several 9-mm shell casings across the street from the residence.
The investigation determined that prior to the shooting, Jackson and several other subjects were picked up in a 2013 Dodge Avenger from an apartment building in Dubuque. The driver drove to the area of Pickett St at the request of a juvenile (17) passenger. At one point, the juvenile passenger asked the driver to stop in front of 515 Pickett St. The juvenile exited, fired several rounds at the residence, and then got back in the car. 515 Pickett St was occupied at the time but no one at the residence was struck by gunfire.
The juvenile told the driver to leave and the driver drove to the area of W. 16th and Cornell St. While in the vehicle, the juvenile suspect accidentally discharged his firearm and shot Jackson in the back. The juvenile then got out of the vehicle and fled the area on foot while the occupants of the vehicle called 9-1-1. Officers located a 9-mm shell casing in the vehicle during the investigation.
The juvenile suspect is known to police and is facing the following charges:
Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon – Class C Felony
Reckless Use of Firearm causing Bodily Injury – Class D Felony
Going Armed with Intent – Class D Felony
A Class C Felony is punishable by no more than 10 years of confinement, and a Class D Felony is punishable by no more than 5 years.
As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.