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19-year-old now charged with first-degree murder after fatal New Year’s Day shooting in Sioux City

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Christopher Morales
Christopher I. Morales

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Authorities have charged a 19-year-old from Sioux City with first-degree murder after a fatal shooting on Jan. 1.

According to The Sioux City Police Department says Christopher I. Morales has been charged for the death of 18-year-old Mia Kritis after he allegedly fired a gun into a house in the 2600 block of Walker Street.

Police say three other people were struck by the gunfire and are recovering from the wounds they received during the shooting.

Morales also face a charge of going armed with intent and three counts counts of reckless use of a firearm.

The SCPD says Morales was arrested back on Jan. 3 when he attempted to flee officers after they approached him. Once in custody, police say they found Morales was in possession of a firearm.

Based on that arrest and seizure of the firearm, detectives say they were able to connect Morales and the firearm to the shooting on Walker Street, where a subject was allegedly forced to walk into the residence by Morales. Police say Morales and additional suspects then allegedly fired into the house 9 mm caliber handguns and an assault-style rifle.

Detectives are still working on identifying other subjects involved and no other people have been charged in connection with the shooting at the time.

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