The case of a teenager who showed up at Trinity Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound has police investigating to determine who committed what they are calling a crime.
The 16-year-old victim, who was not identified by Fort Dodge police, was waiting at the hospital for officers when they were dispatched at 2:45 a.m.
When officers arrived, they found the teenager "complaining of a single gunshot wound to his right calf area," according to Assistant Police Chief Kevin Doty.
The victim told officers that he was near the 900 block of Ninth Ave. S.W. when he was shot.
Doty said the teenager was treated for a non-life-threatening injury and kept at the hospital for observation.
The department identified the case as a willful injury investigation.
According to the Iowa Code, willful injury is considered a type of assault. Someone charged with willful injury is defined as "a person who does an act which is not justified and which is intended to cause serious injury to another."
It's a Class C felony "if the person causes serious injury to another," while it's a Class D felony if the victim receives "bodily injury."
The incident comes two weeks after another shooting in Fort Dodge.
On June 21, Cameron D. Carodine, 23, was shot in his left hip area after allegedly getting into a dispute with another man. Carodine was treated and released the same day.
Devone M. Hameed, 21, has been charged with attempted murder in that case.
Fort Dodge police detectives are investigating the case and trying to identify a suspect.
Anyone with information on the shooting from early Friday morning is asked to call Fort Dodge police at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to 274637.