Trio of Cedar Rapids shootings remain under investigation

City has seen 64 shots fired incidents so far this year

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A trio of weekend shootings remain under investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

The first shooting was reported at 11:40 a.m. Saturday at 53 Dartmouth St. SW. Responding officers found a 31-year-old man inside the residence suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder area, said public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.

Police responded to a report of shots fired outside of Liquid Lounge, 305 Second Ave. SE, at 12:06 a.m. Sunday. Buelow said there were people in the area leaving a concert or other area businesses. When the shots were fired, many people fled the area and were gone by the time officers arrived, Buelow said. Responding officers found shell casings in an alley east of the Liquid Lounge.

Buelow said a 27-year-old man later arrived at Unity Point-St. Luke’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot. A 23-year-old man also was taken via private vehicle to Mercy Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his leg.

“Both victims claimed to be standing outside when the shots were fired and they have not be able to assist investigators with any information as to why they were shot,” Buelow said. “We are still looking for any credible information about how this incident unfolded.”

Police later responded to a report of shots fired at Woody’s Show Club, 9395 Sixth St. SW, at 2:24 a.m. Sunday. Buelow said a 31-year-old man was grazed under the chin with a bullet.

“He does not appear to be associated with whomever was discharging weapons,” Buelow said of the victim, who he said was treated at the scene. Police found evidence of several discharged rounds in the parking lot and property damage to vehicles. Police are asking witnesses with information about the shooting to come forward, Buelow said.

“At this time, police have not received any substantive information regarding this incident,” he said.

Buelow said the Dartmouth shooting is “most likely” not related to the other two shootings. Police have not identified any correlation between the two Sunday shootings, Buelow said.

There have been 64 shots fired incidents in the city this year, Buelow said.

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

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