Public Safety

Police identify suspect in shooting deaths of Royal Abram and Matrell Johnson

Authorities say Andre Richardson should be considered armed and dangerous

CEDAR RAPIDS — After nearly two weeks of investigation, police announced Friday they are looking to arrest an “armed and dangerous” man responsible for the city’s first double killing in five years.

An arrest warrant on a murder charge was issued for Andre Richardson, 26, who authorities say was involved in the May 18 shooting of Royal C. Abram and Matrell E. Johnson, both 18.

On the morning they were killed, Abram and Johnson were sitting in a vehicle with two other teens about 1:20 a.m. in the parking lot of the Iowa Smoke Shop, 70 Kirkwood Ct. SW. Police said an assailant walked up the vehicle and started shooting. They described the attack as targeted — not random.

Police said the other teens — a man and woman both age 19 — suffered life-threatening injuries.

No updates on their conditions have been provided and police have declined to identify them.

A relative of Johnson told The Gazette shortly after news of the shooting broke that the teen and others had attended the May 17 funeral of Tyrice D. “Reese” Douglas, who died May 6 from injuries sustained in a December shooting.

Later that night, the relative said, Johnson and others had gone to a party not far from the smoke shop.

Within days of the shooting, police sought the public’s help in locating five “persons of interest,” including Richardson. At the time, authorities would not say what connection any of them had to the killings.


Court records show Richardson has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for theft, assault, possession of a weapon, interference with official acts, forgery and eluding law enforcement. Police said Friday that Richardson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with information on Richardson’s whereabouts or the shooting to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5491.

The shooting marked the city’s third homicide incident so far this year, and its first double homicide since April 2014.

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