Wisconsin man arrested for Wednesday night shooting, charged with attempted murder

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


A former Milwaukee resident has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following a shooting Wednesday night.

Nathaniel David James Birdsong, 18, formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., was arrested and charged with attempted murder and second degree theft after he fired a gun at another vehicle.

On Wednesday, April 4, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to the Fast Break, located at 201 E. Washington St., at approximately 10:31 p.m., after receiving reports of shots fired. According to police reports, Nathaniel David James Birdsong had fired one round at two victims in a vehicle. No one was injured. Police also determined the vehicle used in the crime was stolen from Milwaukee.

The following day, Thursday, April 5, police officers stopped the vehicle, which was being operated by Angelica Pagan, of Mt. Pleasant. Pagan was subsequently arrested for second degree theft, a Class D felony. She was transported to the Henry County Jail to face arraignment.

Later on Thursday, officers and deputies of the Henry County Sheriff?s Office received a tip detailing Birdsong?s location. Deputies observed Birdsong at the location. He attempted to flee, but was taken into custody in the Green Valley Trailed Court area.

At this time, Birdsong has been charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony, and second degree theft, a Class D felony.

Birdsong was transported to the Henry County Jail where he is being held pending arraignment. Police Chief Ron Archer said the investigation still is ongoing and more charges may yet be made. ?He may have been involved in other stuff and we?re trying to work through all of that too.?

Archer added the police department still is trying to identify a motive for the shooting Wednesday night.

In a news release, Lt. Lyle Murray said police were able to quickly solve the case and apprehend Birdsong thanks in part to pertinent information provided by local citizens. Archer added to the statement, saying the citizens of Mt. Pleasant do a great job of passing along information to the police department. ?Most of our stuff, like in this instance, we get help from the citizens and it?s a big help for us.?

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department at 319-385-1450 or text-a-tip at 319-931-3667.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Henry County Sheriff?s Office, the Iowa State Patrol and Newberry Towing.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.