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No connections yet in weekend shootings, Cedar Rapids police say

Some victims not cooperating with investigators

The Cedar Rapids Police Department building in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
The Cedar Rapids Police Department building in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police are exploring a trio of shootings over the weekend to determine if there are any connections.

As of Monday, the crimes are still being investigated as separate incidents.

“Police are continuing to investigate the cases independently until evidence or witness statements link them,” said Greg Buelow, public safety spokesman. “It hasn’t been determined if there is a correlation between the three shootings at this time.”

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Officers responded to a shots fired call at 7:21 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue SE. There, officers found evidence of gun shots, Buelow said. A 34-year-old man went to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Around 1:17 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of shots fired near A Avenue and 18th Street NE. Officers found shell casings in the Wells Fargo parking lot. Later, two men — ages 22 and 26 — showed up at a hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

While officers were still on the scene at Wells Fargo, a 29-year-old man was admitted to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound about 1:43 a.m., Buelow said. That shooting appears to have occurred in the 900 block of Maplewood Drive NE.

Police executed a search warrant at 916 Maplewood Drive in connection with that shooting.

The shootings remain under investigation. Buelow said some of the victims have not cooperated with police.

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“However, officers are continuing to work the cases based on evidence collected and other witness statements,” he said.

There have been six shooting incidents in the city in 2016. There were 100 in 2015.

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