Murder Charges Filed in New Year's Shooting in Sioux City

Jan 13, 2021

MURDER VICTIM MIA KRITIS
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UPDATE from the Sioux City Police Department:

On Jan. 13 the Sioux City Police Department arrested two additional men for the murder of Mia Kritis.

Detectives are charging 18-year-old Carlos Morales of Sioux City and 18-year-old Anthony S. Bauer aka Tony Diaz with 1st Degree Murder, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Going Armed with Intent, and three counts Reckless Use of Firearm.

Carlos Morales and Bauer were taken into custody after officers located them at 4:25 p.m. in a car in the 3100 block of Floyd Blvd.

Detectives are not seeking any additional suspects but still are looking for people that were at the party at the time of shooting and anyone else with information.

Two other subjects in the car were detained as part of the investigation and released without charges.

A Sioux City teenager has been charged with 1st Degree Murder for the death of a North High Senior during a New Year’s gathering.

The county attorney charged 19-year-old Christopher Morales after he fired into a house on Walker Street near Morningside Avenue.  Eighteen-year-old Mia Kritis was killed.

CHRISTOPHER MORALES
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Three others are recovering from gunshot wounds.


Morales was taken into custody two days after the shooting.

A news release from the Sioux City Police Department says detectives are still working on identifying other suspects involved in the attack.

From the Sioux City Police Department:

News release from the Sioux City Police Department:

The Woodbury County Attorney has charged 19-year-old Christopher I. Morales of Sioux City with 1st Degree Murder for the death of Mia Kritis after he fired a gun into a house on Jan. 1 in the 2600 block of Walker St.

Three other people were struck by the gun fire and are recovering from the wounds they received during the shooting.

Update on Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Detectives with the Sioux City Police Department have charged 19-year-old Christopher I. Morales with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Going Armed with Intent in connection to the Jan. 1 shooting in the 2600 block of Walker St that left one woman dead and three other people injured.

Morales was arrested on Jan. 3 at 3:46 p.m. in the 1900 block of Douglas St. when he attempted to flee officers after they approached him. Once in custody, they found him to be in possession of a firearm. He was charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Carry of Weapons, and Interference with Official Acts.

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

Additional charges are pending based on the results of forensic examinations of evidence collected at the scene.

Detectives are still searching for information on additional suspects that were involved in the shooting and are asking anyone with information to please contact the Sioux City Police Department.

Additional charges of Going Armed with Intent and three counts of Reckless Use of a Firearm were also filed against Morales.

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

Update on Jan. 3, 2021 3:15 p.m.

The Sioux City Police Department identified 18-year-old Mia Alexis-Marie Kritis of Sioux City as the victim of the homicide that occurred on Jan. 1 in the 2600 block of Walker St.

We wish to express our deepest sympathies to her family and friends for their loss.

The names of other victims injured in this incident are not being released at this time as they are juveniles but all are recovering from their injuries.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on several leads and ask that anyone that was at the residence at the time of the shooting to please contact the Sioux City Police Department.

We want to reassure any witnesses that they face no charges for attending an underage party and our priority is the investigation of the senseless murder of Ms. Kritis.

Original Release Jan. 1, 2021 5:15 a.m.

On 12:49 am Friday, January 1st, 2021 the Sioux City Police Department received reports of a shots fired in the 2600 block of South Walker Street in Sioux City. Upon arrival, officers were able to determine that multiple shots had been fired into the residence at 2637 South Walker Street. Upon entering the property, officers located victims inside the residence, including an 18-year-old female who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

There were several other victims that were also struck by gunfire, and are being treated at Sioux City hospitals. The investigation is currently ongoing.

Police are asking for assistance from the public. If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Sioux City Police Department.