Waterloo Police Check for Link to House Shooting, Homicide

By Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Police roped off a parking lot behind 1211 Langley Road, Waterloo, as part of the investigation into the death of Daequan Campbell. (JEFF REINITZ/WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS COURIER)

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa - Authorities continue to investigate a Thursday night shooting that left a Waterloo man dead.

Witnesses said 18-year-old Daequan Oshae Campbell had just pulled into the parking lot behind 1211 Langley Road at about 6:55 p.m. when someone opened fire. Campbell was struck in the hip and chest, and his car rolled into a row of garages behind the apartment building and became lodged in stall No. 7.

Neighbors said they heard about five gunshots.

“I heard the crash, and it shook the entire building,” said Melissa Hall, who lived in the apartment complex.

Neighbor Nick Mena ran downstairs to investigate the noise and pulled Campbell from the driver’s seat as another man held back part of a garage wall that landed on the car. He noticed the gunshot wound at Campbell’s left ribs.

Campbell was unconscious, and Mena was unable to find a pulse.

“I knew he was gone,” Mena said.

Two others were inside the car. They were shaken up, having just seen their friend killed, but they didn’t appear injured, Mena said.

Another neighbor, Zachary Albert, who moved to Waterloo from Gary, Ind., about a month ago, said at the time of the accident he would normally be having a cigarette in his garage stall No. 8, which is next to the one that was hit. Instead he was sleeping inside his apartment.

Albert said it appeared two vehicles had been involved in a chase when the other vehicle pulled into the parking lot behind the apartment building.

“They way they were talking, they were chasing a car, and they (the gunman) whipped up in here and were waiting on him,” Albert said.

He said he didn’t think Campbell had any ties to the apartment building but was told the Campbell has a relative who lives one street over.

Officers are also investigating a second shooting, which came hours after Campbell’s death.

At 12:14 a.m. Friday, someone opened fire on a house at 1123 Columbia St., Resident Ida Roby, 60, and another person were home but weren't injured, police said. Officers found several bullet holes in the back door and in the kitchen window.

Officers don't know if the two crimes are related.

"That's definitely something were looking into," said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.

No arrests have been made in either case, Pillack said.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call police at 319-291-4340 ext. 5003.
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