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20-year-old man who was killed Thursday in Cedar Rapids is identified

Police continue to investigate

Malik James Sheets
Malik James Sheets
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Police have identified the 20-year-old man who was shot and killed early Thursday at a party in northeast Cedar Rapids.

Malik J. Sheets, of Cedar Rapids, was found just after 5 a.m. inside a residence in the 1000 block of Regent Ave. NE, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, He had suffered at least one gunshot to the upper torso, police said.

Sheets later was pronounced dead at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.

Investigators determined Sheets had attended a large party inside the residence. A fight broke out and shots were fired, police said.

A homicide investigation is ongoing, police said.

The Thursday morning shooting was the first of four incidents that occurred Thursday across Cedar Rapids.

Police said an 18-year-old man was shot in the back Thursday evening in the city’s northeast quadrant.

Officers were called at 6:40 p.m. to 5750 C Ave. NE, where they found the 18-year-old and another person had been riding scooters on the sidewalk when people driving by in a car shot at them, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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That incident came roughly 90 minutes after shots were fired at 5:15 p.m. at G Avenue and Ellis Boulevard NW. No injuries were reported.

A fourth incident occurred just after 11 p.m. near Kirkwood Community College.

The police department said it received multiple calls at 11:11 p.m. regarding gunshots in the area of Kirkwood Parkway SW.

Officers spoke to witnesses and located shell casings, the department said, but no injuries were reported and no property was damaged.

No arrests have been made in the homicide investigation or in connection with the gunfire that followed. Police said it is unclear if the four incidents are related.

Anyone with information regarding fatal shooting is asked to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (1-800 272-7463)

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