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UPDATE: Eau Claire man arrested for attempted homicide


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police say its amazing that no one was shot when at least a half dozen bullets were fired at people outside an Eau Claire bar early Saturday morning.

Rodney Craig and Shirley Heath, both of Eau Claire, were picked up Monday night when police pulled them over along Brackett Avenue. Craig was arrested for attempted murder, Heath for being a party to the crime.

Police had been looking for the pair ever since the weekend shooting outside the Idlewild bar on Eau Claire's north side. What started as an altercation in the bar, spilled outside into a fist fight.

That's when police say Craig aimed a large-caliber handgun at some people and fired at least six times at fairly close range. Surprisingly no one was hit. The shots all hit the side of the building, and one bullet went into the living room of an apartment above the bar.

Craig and Heath are in jail and will be in court Wednesday.


Eau Claire (Press Release) - On Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 1:30 a.m., Eau Claire Police responded to a report of a shooting at the Idlewild Bar located at 999 Malden Avenue in the City of Eau Claire.

Information gathered by responding officers revealed that earlier in the night, a physical altercation occurred inside the Idlewild Bar between tavern patrons. The altercation continued outside into the bar's parking lot where one of the individuals used a handgun to fire multiple shots at several people. No one was injured. The suspects had fled the scene prior to the officer's arrival.

Examination of the crime scene revealed that at least six shots were fired which impacted on the side of the tavern structure. One bullet entered the living room area of an apartment located above the tavern.

Members of the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division responded to the scene to continue the investigation. Through their investigation, detectives identified and arrested the following individuals for their involvement in the shooting incident:

-Rodney L. Craig, d.o.b. 06/17/1976, Eau Claire, WI for 1. Attempted Homicide, 2. Felon in Possession of a Firearm

-Shirley H. Heath, d.o.b. 03/16/1980, Eau Claire, WI for 1. Attempted Homicide, Party to the crime

At the time of the arrest, the gun and other physical evidence linking Rodney Craig and Shirley Heath to the shooting incident were recovered.

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