AMES, Iowa -- Police in Ames are still searching for a suspect after a man was shot several times and sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors say they're on edge after reports came in around 3:30 p.m. of an alleged shooter on the loose near the 3800 block of Tiverton Court.
"We just heard a lot of sirens and that`s unusual for this part of town, it`s usually quiet," said Jill Ramak. "Jim turned on the scanner and that`s when we found out there was a shooter in the area."
It all started when police say two men got into some type of dispute.
"There was some type of argument that took place in a vehicle that the two people were in and then it escalated to a shooting," said Commander Jason Tuttle of the Ames Police Department.
Commander Tuttle said the victim was shot multiple times and taken by ambulance to a Des Moines hospital. His condition is unknown.
Witnesses say the suspect headed north from the location of the shooting and police were quick to create a perimeter.
"At this point, we`re being overly cautious and bringing in the K-9 unit to see if we can track the suspect and locate him tonight," said Commander Tuttle.
The Iowa State Patrol brought in armed troopers as well as a plane to help assist in the search for the suspect.
Neighbors say it's a scene they're not used to seeing.
"That's crazy, Ames is pretty quiet in general and this area is very quiet," said James Lazzell. "We don`t see a lot of police at all just because it`s very quiet."
And although police say the suspect has likely fled the scene, neighbors say they aren't taking any chances.
"We live in a secure building so that helps a little bit but we`ll definitely keep our doors locked," said Lazzell.
Police say the suspect is described as a black male in his 20's and about six-feet-tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.
He is considered armed and dangerous.
If you have any information, you're urged to call Ames police or Crimestoppers at 515-223-1400.