Teen Charged with Attempted Murder Following Shooting Last Week in Cedar Rapids

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

A patrol car with the Cedar Rapids Police Department parked near one of two scenes suspected in a shooting on Johnson Ave NW on 1/3/13. (Marlon Hall/KCRG-The Gazette)


By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Marion woman has been charged with attempted murder for her role in a shooting last week.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at 5620 Johnson Ave. NW at 1:11 a.m. Friday. Police said they found evidence of shots fired.

Thirteen minutes later, officers responding to the shooting pulled over a car in the 2700 block of Johnson Avenue NW. Inside the vehicle was a 21-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The man was transported to the hospital where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Linn County Attorney's Office, the victim - identified as Garret Chmelicek - was shot by 19-year-old Mariah L. Sprous. Police said Sprous and Chmelicek had gotten into an argument at Chmelicek's apartment. The argument escalated and Sprous allegedly shot the man with a .38 caliber revolver. Chmelicek was shot in the lung and suffered a serious injury, according to court documents.

A witness and Chmelicek both identified Sprous as the shooter. All three of them were in the vehicle that was transporting Chmelicek to the hospital.

Sprous now faces charges of attempted murder and willful injury.
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