Autopsy shows Iowa City Ped Mall shooting victim died of gunshot wound to neck, back

Lamar C. Wilson, 21, accused of first-degree murder

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IOWA CITY — Kaleek Jones died from a gunshot wound to the back and neck, police said.

The Iowa City Police Department released the autopsy findings for Jones, 23, on Tuesday. Jones’ cause of death is listed by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office as a gunshot wound to the back and neck. His manner of death was ruled to be a homicide.

The man accused of firing the fatal shot, Lamar C. Wilson, 21, faces a first-degree murder charge. Wilson also faces charges of attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection with the Aug. 27 shooting on the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall. Jones died two days later. Iowa City police Sgt. Scott Gaarde did not have condition updates on the other two shooting victims, who were previously said to be in stable condition.

Police patrolling the Ped Mall responded to a shooting near College and Dubuque streets around 1:29 a.m. on Aug. 27. Police said the shooting was a result of an ongoing feud between two groups — one predominantly from Iowa City and the other largely from Cedar Rapids. Police have not yet said what the two groups were feuding over.

Wilson is accused of firing several rounds at several people from close range near the walkway between the Sheraton Hotel and Martini’s bar. One shooting victim was found on the PED Mall side of the walkway and two others were found in or near the Dubuque Street parking ramp.

Wilson was found with two firearms when he was captured a short distance from the shooting scene. He has a valid permit to carry a gun, police said.

Also arrested Sunday morning was Donte R. Taylor, 21, of Cedar Rapids. Taylor was taken into custody in the Sheraton Hotel parking ramp after he tried to run from officers after the shooting. Police said they found a 9 mm handgun in his possession.

Taylor — who police say showed signs of intoxication — admitted being present during the shooting, police said. He also told officers he stole the gun two months ago.

Taylor faces counts of trafficking in stolen weapons, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying weapons, interference with official acts and public intoxication. According to records, his bond was set at $76,000.

Jones was the father of two young children and was engaged, his family said in a statement released last week.

“As a daddy he did it all — bottles, diapers and playing Mr. Frog,” the statement read. “Kaleek had a gift with children and they loved him.”

The shooting investigation remains open and anyone with information is asked to call the Iowa City Police Department at (319) 356-5276.

Wilson remains in custody on a $1.75 million bond. If convicted of first-degree murder, he would face a mandatory life sentence.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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