Public Safety

Names released in Cedar Rapids shooting


CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids officials have identified the men involved in a shooting incident Monday morning that left the shooter dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said 30-year-old Kristopher N. Booker of Center Point shot Brandon Toepfer, 35, of Margate, Fla., multiple times Monday at 639 40th St. SE before turning the gun on himself. Booker was found dead outside of the home and Toepfer remains hospitalized, authorities said.

Officers were called to the home at 4:40 a.m. for a report of a shooting. They found Toepfer inside the home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

Authorities have previously said that Booker was in a prior relationship with a woman who lived at the home. That woman and several children were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but were not in proximity to the Toepfer when he was shot. The woman and the children were not injured during the shooting.

According to court records, Booker pleaded guilty in September 2013 to domestic assault with intent or while displaying a weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was fined and given credit for two days served in jail. Court records show Booker subsequently violated a no contact order in December 2013.

Sheriff Brian Gardner said a domestic abuse charge would prohibit Booker from obtaining a permit to possess, purchase or carrying a gun in Iowa. Buelow said he didn’t have information on how Booker obtained any gun used in the shooting. Buelow said Booker used a handgun to shoot himself, but “there may be other guns involved, as well, that he had access to.”

Booker also had convictions for providing false identification information and consumption of alcohol in a public place in 2014.

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