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Bettendorf Shooting: Bettendorf Grapples with Recent Shooting: Suspects Sentenced as New Incident Unfolds
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Bettendorf Shooting: Bettendorf Grapples with Recent Shooting: Suspects Sentenced as New Incident Unfolds

Mar 27, 2024
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Bettendorf, Iowa – The tranquility of Bettendorf, Iowa, was shattered once again as law enforcement responded to a shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Hawthorne and Hillside roads. According to authorities, a physical altercation escalated into gunfire, resulting in one individual sustaining injuries. However, law enforcement has assured the public that the injured person’s condition is stable and there is no immediate threat to public safety. A suspect is currently in custody, although their identity has not been disclosed.

In a disheartening turn of events, it has been revealed that Daniel T. Morgan, 33, has been sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in an Iowa correctional facility for his involvement in a previous shooting incident in Bettendorf. Court filings from Scott County indicate that Morgan was convicted of shooting and injuring a man during a dispute over money on January 4, 2023. The altercation, which occurred outside a residential complex on Town Pointe Dr., escalated when Morgan and an accomplice, identified as Andre A. Little, 28, assaulted the victim after gaining unauthorized entry into a unit within the complex.

Morgan, armed with a firearm, discharged a single round into the victim’s chest before fleeing the scene with Little. Fortunately, the victim survived the ordeal, positively identifying Morgan as the assailant. Video evidence retrieved during the investigation further corroborated the victim’s account, leading to the apprehension of Morgan and Little.

In a plea agreement with the Scott County Attorney’s Office, Morgan pleaded guilty to charges of assault while engaging in a felony and first-degree burglary. He was sentenced to serve a maximum of 25 years for the burglary offense and a maximum of 10 years for the assault conviction, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Additionally, Morgan will receive credit for time served in the Scott County Jail.

Similarly, Andre A. Little reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, admitting guilt to charges of first-degree burglary and assault while participating in a felony. Little was sentenced to serve a maximum of 25 years for the burglary offense and a maximum of 10 years for the assault charge, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Like Morgan, Little will receive credit for time served in jail.

The resolution of these cases provides some semblance of closure for the community of Bettendorf, yet the recent shooting serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by law enforcement in ensuring public safety. As residents come to terms with these events, authorities continue to urge vigilance and cooperation from the community in maintaining peace and security in Bettendorf.

As investigations into Wednesday’s shooting unfold, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Bettendorf stands resilient in the face of adversity, united in its determination to overcome these challenges and uphold the safety and well-being of its residents.

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