Public Safety

2 wounded in workplace shooting at SW Cedar Rapids business, police searching for suspect

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police are looking for a 26-year-old man they believe shot two people Thursday morning at a business in southwest Cedar Rapids.

According to Cedar Rapids police, Jamal Devonte Edwards went into Associated Materials at 3801 Beverly Rd. SW at about 5 a.m., shot two people and then fled on foot.

The two victims have what appear to be non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

Police believe Edwards knew the two men and are investigating the shooting as a case of workplace violence.

Edwards is employed at Associated Materials and had access to the facility, public safety spokesman Greg Buelow told The Gazette. What triggered the shooting is being investigated, he said.

Shawn Hardy, senior vice president of integrated products for Associated Materials, confirmed Edwards works at the Cedar Rapids business, but said he was employed through a temp agency.

Hardy, who is based in Ohio, was unsure what job Edwards did at the facility, which manufactures and assembles vinyl windows.

The shooting, he said, occurred around the end of the third shift. He was unable to comment on how many employees were in the business at that time.

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“We are cooperating with local authorities while they conduct their investigation,” Hardy said. “We have temporarily shut down the facility, and we are working with local authorities to comply with all their requests, and we are in the process of working with the temp agency that employed the suspect to get that situation resolved.”

Police say Edwards is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Edwards is described as a black male, 5-feet-8 inches tall, 140 pounds, and may have long dreadlocks. Additionally, he has tattoos on his neck, chin and right arm, police said.

If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911, police said.

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