The investigation into an attempted second degree murder continues for the Newton Police Department, as investigators are still searching for more witnesses following a gun shot incident Jan. 24 that went unreported for several hours before three arrests were made.

"It is kind of a mess," said Lt. Scott Powell of the Newton Police. 

Powell said an argument between two men ended after one person fired a gun at another, grazing a pantleg and thigh of the victim. The victim was fine following the incident, not even seeking hospital care following the incident. The arguement involved several people, with both men and women involved. After the shot was fired, a car was taken and used for several hours. 

"They made up immediately after the shooting," Powell said. "They took her car and ran around. The only reason it got reported five hours later is the girl wanted her car back. At that time, she said everything that happened."

Newton Police made three arrests following the incident.

Justin D. Tate was arrested by the Newton Police department on pending charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. He was previously convicted of a drug crime that included the use of a firearm. His offense date for the current arrest is listed as Jan. 24 by the Harvey County Detention Center online inmate list.

Keri R. Kernal was arrested by the Newton Police Department on pending charges of obstruction of law enforcement and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. Her offense date for the current arrest is listed as Jan. 24 by the Harvey County Detention Center online inmate list.

Ashely M. Frazier was arrested by the Newton Police Department on pending charges of of obstruction of law enforcement and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. Her offense date for the current arrest is listed as Jan. 25 by the Harvey County Detention Center online inmate list.

"Shooting at someone will get you a pretty serious charge," Powell said.