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Woman arrested in Iowa City shooting that hurt two men, including her brother, police say

The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
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Iowa City police have arrested a woman in connection with the shooting of two men — one who is her brother, police say — in downtown early Saturday.

According to police, Arielle Nichol Grier, 24, of Iowa City is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of reckless use of a firearm with serious injury.

According to criminal complaints and a news release from police, officers responded to a report of gunshots at the 300 block of East Court Street near the intersection of Gilbert Street about 1:54 a.m. Saturday. Police found two men who had been shot, one at that location and the other man a block away. They were transported to a hospital with wounds that were not life-threatening, police said.

During an investigation, police obtained video of the incident that showed Grier and her brother arguing with three other men, according to the police complaints. As the three men left, Grier and her brother chased them, and Grier pulled a gun from the waistband of her pants then shot six times, according to the complaints. One of the men shot was Grier’s brother, according to the complaints.

After the shooting, Grier fled the scene “and can be tracked via security video all the way back to her residence,” according to the complaints.

Police said witnesses also identified Grier as the shooter. Police found a .40 caliber handgun at her apartment consistent with the six .40 caliber shells found at the scene of the shooting, the complaints said.

Police did not release the name of the men who were shot.

Because the shooting was close to the University of Iowa campus, officials sent a HawkAlert notifying students and faculty of the shooting.

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Attempted murder is a Class B felony in Iowa, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, while reckless use of a firearm is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years.

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