MASON CITY | "That f------ Peter Veal, he shot my cousin."
That was one such statement a man considered to be a witness to a double homicide Nov. 17 in Mason City told a 911 dispatcher, according to the 13-minute call obtained by the Globe Gazette Friday.
Peter Veal, 31, Lake Mills, is currently on trial in Webster County District Court for two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He's accused of fatally shooting Mindy Kavars and stabbing Caleb Christensen at Christensen's home at 1620 N. Hampshire Ave.
Ron Willis gave a garbled response when the unidentified female dispatcher asks where the address of his emergency is.
“Highlands ... my cousin and everything,” Willis says, sounding out of breath. “He shot her.”
“I’m sorry, what’s going on?” the dispatcher asks.
“Peter Veal killed my cousin,” Willis quietly replies.
“Who is trying to kill your cousin?” she asks again.
“He already did. Peter Veal. Hurry up, he hit me in the head with his gun," Willis said.
Willis then multiple times asks the dispatcher to have law enforcement "hurry up" so they can catch Veal.
"He (Veal) is running down Hampshire right now," he said, noting Veal was wearing some type of camouflage.
Veal went south on North Hampshire Avenue for about four blocks before turning west and heading through several backyards, Mason City Police Investigator Terrance Prochaska testified Friday.
Veal was found and arrested on the deck of a North Carolina home, a considerable distance from Christensen's home.
After being struck on the head with a gun, which Willis identifies as a .32-caliber, Willis told the dispatcher he ran from Christensen's home, and was outside about four houses away.
When pressed for information about his cousin, Willis tells the dispatcher multiple times he doesn't want to return to the scene.
“I don’t want to go in there, ma’am,” he said.
Willis also discloses he's afraid Veal will shoot him.
"I thought you said Peter left," the dispatcher said.
"He did," Willis replies. "But I don't know if he will come back ... I don't know where he's at, oh my God."
The dispatcher asked what preceded the shooting Willis was reporting.
"Were you all having an argument?" she asked.
“No, he just pulled his gun out and started shooting. It jammed up on him," Willis said. "I don’t know if he got Caleb...I f------ ran, Caleb was still in there, begging.”
Willis then describes Veal as "f------ insane" and says Veal "lost it." He also tells the dispatcher Veal is "armed and dangerous."
"You guys gotta get him," he said. "I don't know if he killed both of them or what."
Willis tells the dispatcher he doesn't need medical attention, choking up as he says he wants to make sure Kavars and Christensen are all right.
“Are they both dead?” he yells to an unknown person, possibly an officer, near the end of the recording. “Yeah, he killed them both, I think.”
“I don’t even want to look," Willis said. "I don’t even want to know if they’re dead.”
Testimony in Veal's trial resumes Monday in Fort Dodge.