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CHILD ARRESTED: Shooting Suspect Is A 12-Year-Old

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Three people were arrested Tuesday, including a 12-year-old, in connecting with the shooting of a Berwick boy in September.

Ankeny police say 12-year-old Michael Wells was shot in the head in September while visiting a home in Ankeny. Two children were home at the time of the shooting but no adults were present.

A 12-year-old juvenile male has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon causing serious injury and reckless use of a firearm. He has been taken to Meyer Hall Juvenile Detention.

Forty-five-year-old Vickie Beckman is charged with making a loaded firearm available to a child under 14-years-old and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges are misdemeanors. Beckman’s boyfriend, 45-year-old Charles Toomer, faces the same charges.

They were taken to the Polk County Jail.

Wells’ condition has been improving. We caught up with him in November at a fundraiser held to help with his medical care. At that time he was still having trouble moving his left side and was unable to walk.


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