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Iowa City shots fired: Vehicles found, persons of interest identified in incident near Mercer Park

Iowa City police investigate a reported shooting near Mercer Park in Iowa City on the evening of June 13, 2019. (Lee Hermiston, The Gazette)
Iowa City police investigate a reported shooting near Mercer Park in Iowa City on the evening of June 13, 2019. (Lee Hermiston, The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — Police have identified “persons of interest” and located the vehicles thought to be involved when gunshots were fired near a city park Thursday night.

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Baker Street at 5:51 p.m. for a report of multiple shots fired from one car to another near Mercer Park. In an update Friday, police said officers found the vehicles involved — a white Chevrolet Lumina and a silver Chevrolet Malibu — Thursday evening. The vehicles are being held as part of the investigation, police said.

One vehicle was found on Esther Street, a short distance from Baker Street. Another was found on Sandusky Drive, police said.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Derek Frank said people associated with both vehicles have been identified and are being treated as “persons of interest.” Frank said he did not know the exact number of people identified by investigators. No one is in custody.

A witness told The Gazette on Thursday night he heard five or six gunshots and tires squealing. One vehicle fleeing the scene crashed into a car, which crashed into a tree. The car’s driver was not injured.

Witnesses at the scene reported that Mercer Park was teeming with people Thursday night.

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