Cedar Rapids police respond to three shootings Sunday night

All three incidents believed to be related

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police responded to three shootings Sunday night.

Police believe the incidents are related.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said the first shooting occurred around 7:11 p.m. in the 400 block of 16th Street NE. Buelow said shots were fired at a house and several shell casings were recovered. There were no reported injuries, Buelow said.

Just before 9 p.m., a second shooting was reported next to Sam’s Liquor, 1500 First Ave. NE. Buelow said several juveniles were reportedly involved in the shooting, which left a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At 10:17 p.m., police returned to the home in the 400 block of 16th Street NE where multiple shots were fired again, Buelow said. There were no reported injuries.

The suspects are believed involved range in age from 12 years old to lower 20s, Buelow said.

“We continue to be concerned about juveniles and their access to weapons,” he said. “We also strongly encourage parents or guardians to be involved.”

All three incidents remain under investigation, Buelow said.

The shooting near Sam’s Liquor is the second at that location this month. On July 8, two men were shot in the back parking lot of Sam’s Liquor and a third man suffered injuries attributed to shattering glass. They were sitting in a vehicle with a fourth man at the time of the shooting, police said.

Buelow said the people involved in the July 8 shooting were adults, whereas the incidents Sunday night involved juveniles. Still, investigators will explore any potential connections between the shootings, Buelow said.

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

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