Public Safety

Two Iowa City shootings under investigation, not thought to be related

IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating a pair of Wednesday morning shootings that left two men hospitalized.

The shootings are unrelated, police said.

Officers were called to 758 Westwinds Dr., No. 5, at 1 a.m. for a report of a man who had been shot. Police said the man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment. His condition is unknown, police said.

While that shooting was under investigation, a second man showed up at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics also suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police believe that shooting happened in the area of Hawks Ridge Apartments, 100 Hawks Ridge Rd. The second shooting happened within an hour of the first, police Sgt. Derek Frank said.

Investigators are tracking leads in each case.

Police said Wednesday afternoon that two men had been arrested on Westwinds Drive on outstanding warrants during the investigation, although police did not indicate their connection, if any, to the shooting.

The two are Andre Robertson, 18, and Zachary Prestridge, 22, both of Iowa City.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Robertson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and failure to affix a drug-tax stamp, and Prestridge was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The police department is asking for anyone with information on the shootings, including the identities of anyone involved or potential security camera footage, to contact police at (319) 356-5276. Anonymous tips also can be made through Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers at iccrimestoppers.org or by calling at (319) 358-8477.

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