Public Safety

2 arrested after shots fired at Iowa City shopping center

Two people have been charged in connection with shots fired Monday afternoon at the Iowa City Marketplace shopping center on Iowa City’s east side.

According to the Iowa City Police Department, Michael Patrick Shapcott, 29, and Sara Rene Schrader, 27, each face charges of second-degree burglary and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, after officers responded to gunshots at the shopping center, formerly known as Sycamore Mall, 1660 Sycamore St.

Upon arrival, officers found shell casings in the parking lot. The building also was struck by gunfire.

Officers also found five shell casings in Aaron’s Rental and at least two bullet holes in the building, where employees were working at the time.

One round went through the wall and several pieces of furniture before coming to a rest inside a mattress. The other round traveled through the first wall, an interior wall, a picture, a television and stopped in the wall at the back of the building.

According to a Johnson County criminal complaint, an employee of Aaron’s Rental said she saw Shapcott fire multiple rounds, some toward the building.

Additional reports came in as officers were responding that more rounds were fired near the intersection of Spruce Street and Highland Avenue in the nearby Lucas Farms neighborhood. Witnesses described a white man and white woman firing a handgun from inside a silver SUV, the complaint said.

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Officers took Shapcott and Schrader into custody outside of their home in the 1100 block of Spruce Street as they walked to a silver SUV parked out front. Shapcott had a gun in his hand as he walked to the SUV, and placed it on the passenger floorboard moments before being taken into custody, according to the complaint.

Shapcott and Schrader admitted to firing shots in the parking lot of the shopping center. Three more shell casings were found near the intersection in Lucas Farms, along with bullets holes in the ground and a deck of a home.

According to the complaint, Shapcott said he may have fired more rounds near Spruce and Highland but could not remember, and Schrader stated they both fired rounds off near that intersection.

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