Two people were shot early this morning in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker says the incident happened in a residence located about 8 miles west of Oakland. The sheriff says the suspect, 50-year old Craig Finney, entered the home of Patricia Harker at around 2:20 A.M.
Danker says the two had some type of previous relationship. Harker, and another individual, were in the home at the time. Finney allegedly shot Harker. Danker says Finney then went after the man.
He says the individual was in the bathroom and Finney shot a hole through the bathroom door, but the unidentified male was not injured. Finney then turned the gun on himself and shot himself. Finney suffered what Danker believes was a non-life threatening injury.
Harker was critically injured and taken to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Danker says Finney left the scene in either a silver 2005 Mercury Mountaineer, license plate 7-8-4-C-J-L, or a beige 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck, license plate 9-3-7-Y-J-B. Danker said Finney is described as being a 5-foot 9-inch tall, 250-pound white male. He may be traveling with his 25-year old son Cody.
Iowa court records indicate that a restraining order had been issued in July 2004 against Finney at the request of Patricia L. Harker, who owns the home where the shooting occurred. The order was rescinded four months later, and Finney received a deferred judgment on domestic abuse-aggravated assault charges in December 2004. Finney may be armed. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Danker says if you see Finney, call 911 and do not attempt to approach the man.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic