Public Safety

Coralville police: Fourth person shot in Christmas night shooting comes forward

Victim had non-life-threatening gunshot wound

Police tape cordons off apartment buildings in the 900 block of Boston Way in Coralville on Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities r
Police tape cordons off apartment buildings in the 900 block of Boston Way in Coralville on Dec. 26, 2019. Authorities responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Boston Way on Dec. 25 that left one person dead and two injured. (Lee Hermiston, The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — A fourth victim has come forward in a Christmas night shooting that left one person dead.

Coralville Police Chief Shane Kron said in a news release Friday that the victim — who is not identified — arrived at a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Coralville police were called to the 900 block of Boston Way at 9:22 p.m. Wednesday for a report of gunshots. A responding officer encountered three adults suffering from gunshot wounds, one of whom appeared to be in critical condition. Gregory Jackson, 30, of Iowa City, was shot in the torso and died of his wounds.

Jackson’s death is being treated as a homicide. Authorities have not said how many times Jackson or the other shooting victims were shot. One neighbor described hearing about 10 gunshots, and police said they recovered “many” shell casings from the scene.

Police said the attack was not random, and they believe everyone involved knew one another.

Police have said the shooting occurred outside, but have not said anything else about the nature of the shooting. A large portion of the apartment buildings on the southwest side of Boston Way were cordoned off Wednesday night and throughout Thursday as multiple law enforcement agencies investigated the scene.

The homicide is Coralville’s first since Andrea Farrington, a 21-year-old employee of the Iowa Children’s Museum, was shot and killed June 12, 2015, inside Coral Ridge Mall by Alexander Kozak, a 22-year-old former security guard at the mall. He was sentenced to life in prison a year later.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 cash for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (319) 358-8477.

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