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Cedar Rapids shooting injures Mount Mercy student
Three area schools were on lockdown while police responded
Nov. 3, 2022 4:48 pm, Updated: Nov. 3, 2022 7:32 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Police responded Thursday afternoon to reports of a shooting in northeast Cedar Rapids that left one person injured and triggered lockdowns at three area schools while officers investigated.
The shooting was reported at around 3:35 p.m. in the area of Elmhurst Drive and Hazel Drive, near Mount Mercy University, Regis Middle School and Garfield Elementary. Mike Battien, Cedar Rapids Police Department’s public safety spokesman, said one adult male was injured and went to Regis seeking medical help.
The victim was identified by Mount Mercy University as a student who was out for a jog at the time of the shooting. Battien said the student “may have been an innocent bystander.” He was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Battien said police were working to identify the shooter or shooters, and it’s possible people were shooting at each other in the area.
“No one in custody yet, but we’re not classifying this as an active threat situation right now,” Battien said Thursday evening.
Regis officials sent a text message to parents just before 4 p.m. stating that the building was in lockdown due to an active shooter in the area.
Regis later texted parents: “There was a shooting in the neighborhood around Regis. The individual that was shot is not a Regis student but ended up on our campus to find safety. Authorities were called and the ambulance arrived on scene shortly after. We have been instructed to remain in lockdown until further notice as there was an active shooter in the area. All students and staff in the building are safe and are following our lockdown protocol.”
Mount Mercy officials said they will be providing counseling support for students, faculty and staff. There also will be increased patrols in the area.
This is a developing story. Check back with thegazette.com for updates.