Two injured in morning shooting in Le Mars

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV)—Two people have serious injuries tonight after a gunman opens fire in a Le Mars gas station. 

It happened shortly after 6:00 am at the Hy-Vee Gas Station located at 1201 12th Street Southwest in Le Mars.

The suspect in the shooting is dead and police say the public is NOT in danger.

“We have some families here that are going through a traumatic event, emergency response individuals went through a traumatic event,” says Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte.

Two Le Mars Hy-Vee gas station Clerks have what’s being described as serious injuries after they were shot in the stomach area, that according to Le Mars Police.
They say a male suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the two clerks working behind the counter around 6 Sunday morning.

“Le Mars Officers were very quick on the scene, they developed a suspect I.D. relatively quick into the investigation,” says Chief Vande Vegte.

Police say the suspect left the scene in a beige Buick 4-door car with an Iowa license plate.
A short time later police in South Sioux City, Nebraska found the suspect.

“They did locate the suspect with an apparent lethal self-inflicted gunshot wound,” says Chief Vande Vegte.

Police say right now, they’re not releasing that suspects name but do say they don’t believe anyone else was involved in the shooting.

“He has ties to Le Mars. A lot of this is really fresh. We’re really looking into it,” says Chief Vande Vegte.

The victims were taken to MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City where they were listed in serious condition. Their names are not being released at this time.
Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says the Hy-Vee on 12th Street Southwest in Le Mars is being very proactive when it comes to their employees.

“Hy-Vee has gone through a very traumatic event here this morning, something they have never had to go through and we go through very infrequently in Le Mars but they will be closed for an indefinite amount of time, the gas station side. They’re concerned about their employees, their mental health and they’re going to work through some items before they reopen the gas-station side,” says Chief Vande Vegte.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting but say the public is not at risk.

Hy-Vee’s Chairman, CEO, and President, Randy Edeker released this statement Sunday:
“Today [Sunday] has been a difficult and challenging day for our entire Hy-Vee family. The attempted robbery and senseless violence at our Le Mars Hy-Vee convenience store was shocking to the entire community. Thankfully, our two employees who were injured are recovering at a Sioux City hospital. Local authorities say the employees are in stable but serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers continue for them and their families. I want to thank our kitchen manager, who is a trained EMT, and a customer, who is a nurse, for immediately providing first aid to our two employees. We appreciate the local fire, EMT, and police department for all of their efforts.
Finally, I am also grateful for the numerous Hy-Vee employees who came in from surrounding stores to help staff the Le Mars Hy-Vee grocery store today so our hometown employees could receive the counseling services and support they needed during this difficult time. We thank the community for their support as we all try to process today’s [Sunday’s] series of events together.”
KWWL Staff

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