• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Update: U.S. 69 shooting suspects 'friends' of victims

Updated: 6 days ago

MOUND CITY – Two people remain in custody following their arrest on Nov. 2 after a gunman in the vehicle they were in allegedly fired four shots at a pickup as both vehicles were southbound on U.S. Highway 169 near the Sixth Street exit in Pleasanton.

Thomas Weyer, a 19-year-old man from Kansas City, Mo., was taken into custody by the Linn County Sheriff’s office for alleged criminal discharge of a firearm on a public road; interference with a law enforcement officer; concealing, altering or destroying evidence in a felony case; and six counts of aggravated battery by knowingly using physical contact. He remains in jail on $250,000 bond.

Madison Swanson, a 23-year-old woman from Gladstone, Mo., was taken into custody for alleged interference with a law enforcement officer, falsely reporting a felony, and six counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. She remains in jail on $75,000 bond.

According to Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend, Swanson was driving the vehicle southbound on U.S. 69 when Weyer fired shots at a pickup also traveling southbound. One of the shots he fired hit the tire of the pickup, disabling it. The truck he allegedly shot at had six passengers.

According to a release last week, occupants of the truck reported the shooting about 11 p.m. on Nov. 1. After the shots were fired, the vehicle Weyer was riding in stopped near the Pleasanton exit, and Weyer ran into the area near the Dollar General store. Sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Pleasanton Police Department located Weyer about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 and placed him in custody.

According to Friend, Weyer and Swanson knew the people in the truck and described them as “friends.”

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