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UPDATE: Dubuque man pleads not guilty after Christmas Eve shooting

UPDATE: A Dubuque man is pleading not guilty after police say he fired on a home with a woman and her two children inside.

Earnest Jones Hunt Jr., 18, is facing attempted murder charges after the Christmas Eve shooting.

The shooting happened at 515 Almond Street. Officers found three bullets had penetrated the home and a fourth bullet hit the front steps.

Investigators matched clothing worn by Hunt to that of someone fleeing from the shooting scene.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – A Dubuque man faces attempted murder charges after police say he fired upon a home with a woman and her two children inside.

Earnest Jones Hunt Jr., 18, was arrested on unrelated drug charges on December 25th. Charges related to the shooting were filed at a later date.

The shooting occurred on Christmas Eve around 6 p.m. at 515 Almond Street. Officers found that three bullets penetrated the home and fourth bullet struck the front steps.

Investigators matched clothing worn by Hunt to that of somone fleeing from the scene of the shooting. Police also said they received information that Hunt bragged about the shooting.

Devin Mitchell, whose girlfriend lived at the home, identified Hunt and that the suspect fired a single shot at him. Traffic cameras confirmed that both men were in the area. Mitchell says Hunt fired a single shot at him earlier in the day, before he called over Facebook Messenger and told him to come outside. This was around 3 p.m. Hunt tried calling Mitchell later that evening, roughly 30 minutes before the residence was shot.


Police provided the following list of charges relating to the shooting:

One count of Attempted Murder, a Class B Felony. A Class B Felony is punishable by confinement of no more than 25 years.

One count of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class C Felony. A Class C Felony is punishable by confinement by no more than 10 years, and shall be sentenced to a fine of at least one thousand dollars but no more than ten thousand dollars.

Two counts of Going Armed with Intent, both Class D Felonies. A Class D Felony is punishable by confinement for no more than five years, and shall be sentenced to a fine of at least seven hundred fifty dollars but no more than seven thousand five hundred dollars.

Two counts of Carrying Weapons, both Aggravated Misdemeanors. An Aggravated Misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed two years. There shall be a fine of at least six hundred twenty five dollars but not to exceed six thousand two hundred fifty dollars.

KWWL Staff

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