Public Safety

19-year-old man shot several times when shots fired at vehicle near Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 19-year-old man was shot Monday night when people in one vehicle fired at another in what police believe to be a targeted shooting northeast Cedar Rapids.

A 2005 Lincoln Continental four-door sedan carrying five occupants was stopped at a red light around 7:45 p.m. at 42nd and Council streets NE, near Noelridge Park, when another vehicle approached from behind and opened fire, striking the 19-year-old passenger multiple times. The car in which he was riding crashed near the park, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, authorities said. No other occupants were shot or injured, police said.

Police were notified when a person in the targeted vehicle called 911.

Based on the preliminary investigation, public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said, the shooting is thought to be a targeted incident.

Shell casings were recovered at the scene, Buelow said, and investigators are interviewing potential witnesses and working to obtain footage from video surveillance in the area.

As of Tuesday morning, police did not have a description of the suspect vehicle, Buelow said.

Monday’s shooting was the second incident involving shots fired from one vehicle to another in the past five days.

Police said a motorist notified 911 Thursday morning that a shot was fired into his vehicle from an SUV with Colorado license plates.

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The motorist told investigators that he was driving on Interstate 380 South near Wilson Avenue SW when the SUV pulled up next to him. A single shot was fired into his vehicle.

Police said the bullet struck and entered the man’s pickup, a 2019 Ford F-350. The driver was unharmed, according to a news release.

Buelow said it does not appear the two incidents are connected.

Last week’s shooting, he said, appeared to be “a targeted incident and may have been the continuation of an earlier dispute regarding contract work.”

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