- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City police are seeking a suspect in a weekend killing at a home where two other people have been killed in the past three months, but authorities don’t believe the shootings are directly related.

Officers found Rodney Houston, of Sioux City, lying on a house driveway Saturday with a gunshot wound to the chest, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1cmY7op ). The 32-year-old later died at a hospital.

Another man, Jorge Chavez, 25, also of Sioux City, was shot in the leg and was treated at a hospital. His condition is not available.

The shooting stemmed from a dispute involving someone trying to retrieve items from the home, according to police. A resident who was being evicted from the house is not considered a suspect.

Authorities are investigating a motive, and additional information about the case has not been released.

Authorities said they’re looking for a male suspect and released a description of him, but did not provide a name.

Police are also looking for a woman they say is a “person of interest” and may have information about the shooting.

“We just want to talk to her,” said Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young. “We feel she’s got some information that’s pertinent to this investigation.”

The Saturday shooting occurred at a house on the city’s west side where two people were shot to death and a third person was injured in early November. A man was also injured Jan. 3 in a nearby shooting. Police say the same group of acquaintances was involved in all three incidents, but they don’t believe the first two shootings were a motive for Saturday’s shooting.

Juan Nino-Estrada, 26, of Sioux City, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the Nov. 7 shooting that involved the deaths of Michael Delgado, 35, of Sioux City, and Yolanda Valdez, 35, of Orange City. Luis Sanchez, 33, was shot and stabbed but survived.

Nino-Estrada has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial is scheduled to start later this spring.

Tiffany Leckband, the leader of a volunteer group called the Westside Coalition, said the November shooting led to members resuming regular monthly meetings. She plans to reach out to neighborhood residents near the house in order to recruit members.

Rick Arnold is president of the Neighborhood Network, the umbrella organization for the Westside Coalition. He said a group like Westside Coalition helps gather information.

“We know what’s going on in our neighborhoods, and word spreads if there is a problem house,” he said.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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