This is the official press release from the Dubuque Police Department regarding shots fired earlier today.

On November 27th, 2017, at approximately 3:37 a.m., Dubuque Police responded to the 1800 block of Central Avenue on the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located evidence indicating the exterior of Club Rise, at 1850 Central Avenue, had been damaged by gunfire. The investigation determined a disturbance developed between Club Rise management and a music promoter, Ricardo Sanchez, 32, of Chicago, regarding payment for a concert held earlier at the bar. During the disturbance, Sanchez allegedly exited the bar and retrieved a handgun from a vehicle outside. He then proceeded to fire at the building several times. No one inside the bar was injured. Sanchez then retreated back to the vehicle and fled the scene. The details above were corroborated by witnesses and traffic/security cameras in the area.

At approximately 4:24 a.m., Galena (IL) Police located the suspect vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Sanchez was among the occupants and was placed under arrest for Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Going Armed with Intent. Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon is a Class C Felony punishable by a fine between $1,000 to $10,000, and up to 10 years in prison. Going Armed with Intent is a Class D Felony, punishable by a fine between $750 and $7,500, and up to 5 years in prison. Sanchez is being held in the Jo Daviess County (IL) Jail on a $50,000 cash bond, pending extradition to Dubuque.

As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at

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