Iowa City shooting leads to Ped Mall clearing, emergency room lockdown
Suspect in custody; victim treated for non-life threatening injuries
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IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Pedestrian Mall was cleared out and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency room was locked down following a shooting in downtown Iowa City at bar close Sunday morning.
A Cedar Rapids man, 19-year-old Demontrae L. Poole, has been arrested in connection with the shooting, which remains under investigation.
The incident began around 1:58 a.m. Sunday, when hundreds of people are typically filing out into the Ped Mall at bar close. Iowa City police said an officer observed running from the intersection of Burlington and Clinton streets. Police said it appeared as if a fight had taken place.
Officers learned at least one person involved in the altercation was carrying a gun and another officer saw a person matching that description and holding a handgun. Police tried to approach the suspect, later identified as Poole, but he took off.
Still armed, Poole ran through the crowded Ped Mall until he was captured near the intersection of College and Linn Streets. Police said Poole had ditched the gun while he ran from police and refused to tell the officer where it could be found.
Given the danger of a discarded firearm, police ordered everyone to leave the Ped Mall. However, the weapon was not found.
While this was occurring, police learned that someone had arrived at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with a gunshot wound. Police said several “agitated people” arrived with the victim, prompting police to place the hospital on lockdown. The gunshot victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police said additional gunfire was reported and the incident remains under investigation. Officers are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the location of the gun contact Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 358-8477.
Poole now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Iowa Drug Tax Stamp Violation and interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, all Class D felonies; carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor; and interference with official acts causing injury to an officer, a serious misdemeanor. If convicted, Poole could spend up to 18 years in prison.