A man wounded in a weekend shooting in Rock Rapids, in northwest Iowa, died Tuesday. Fifty-year-old Levi David Hofer was shot Sunday evening at a residence he shared with two others. The other occupants of the home face various charges in the death of Hofer. Fifty-one-year-old Laura Jeanette Lowe is charged with felony attempted murder. That charge is now expected to be upgraded to murder.
Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says a disagreement may have led to the shooting. He says they know for a fact that there were some heated arguments going on at the time. When officers arrived, Bloemendaal says the two remaining people in the house told officials that Hofer was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Sheriff says the investigation raised suspicion.
Bloemendaal says the entrance wound was in the top back side of the head and he says the gun used was a rifle and he says that was “definitely disturbing. I’m not saying it’s physically impossible to pull it off, but that’s phenomenal for somebody to do that.”
The sheriff says investigators worked over the rest of the crime scene and then talked with Laura Lowe, who admitted to shooting Hofer in the head. Lowe was treated for a hand injury. Sixty-year-old Larry Duane Griffin, who lives in the basement of the residence, is charged with accessory after the fact of an aggravated misdemeanor.
Matt Crosby, KQAD/KLQL in Luverne, Minnesota