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4 charged with violating governor's order to avoid large groups after shooting in SE Cedar Rapids park

Cedar Rapids police respond to a shooting April 8 at Bever Park. Four people were charged with violating the governor's
Cedar Rapids police respond to a shooting April 8 at Bever Park. Four people were charged with violating the governor’s order to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. Those are the first such charges filed in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police say four people face charges in connection with a large fight that took place April 8 at Bever Park that resulted in one person being shot.

Three adults and one juvenile are accused of violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 people, according to Cedar Rapids police.

The four — Dewayne L. Hunt, 18; Brenna Rae Scott, 19; Timiana Taylor, 18; and a 16-year-old female — are each accused of willingly going to a gathering of more than 10 people.

Taylor faces an additional charge of disorderly conduct for engaging in a fight at the park, police said.

These are the first charges of this kind in Cedar Rapids, public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said.

In other situations where police have found groups larger than 10, warnings have been sufficient, he said.

“Education and/or warnings have been sufficient in other cases of large gatherings,” Buelow said in an email Wednesday to The Gazette. “But these individuals are accused of willingly going to Bever Park with a gathering of more than 10 people to participate in or watch a fight.”

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The charge is a simple misdemeanor and applies to those violating the governor’s Disaster Emergency Proclamation issued March 17 aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus.

Police were dispatched at about 2:20 p.m. April 8 to Bever Park, in the 2700 block of Bever Avenue SE, for reports of a disturbance involving a large group of individuals where several gunshots were fired.

Officers said they found an 18-year old female with a gunshot wound that appeared to be non-life-threatening.

Police said several juveniles were still there when officers arrived.

Investigators gathered information from bystanders and witnesses and collected video footage that might show what happened.

Comments: (319) 398-8238; kat.russell@thegazette.com

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