CJ's Assures Patrons That Sunday Shooting Didn't Happen At Bar

By Addison Speck, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Investigators are still piecing details together about what left an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound in the leg. Meanwhile, CJ's Sports Bar & Grill, in the Czech Village, is working to clean up some confusion so patrons don't shy away.

Police said around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, they found the man in the parking lot of CJ's Bar on 17th Ave. SW. Crystal Jackson, a manager at the bar, said that parking lot is a city lot where people park to go to any of the surrounding businesses. But she said since Sunday, customers have been pairing CJ's with the shooting.

"We've heard a lot of things like someone was shot inside of CJ's, or someone was shot right outside of CJ's," said Jackson.

It's still unclear where the shooting actually happened, but surveillance video helped Jackson and others determine it wasn't near the bar. "When we reviewed the tape on Sunday, that's when we could see that the man either came from across the street or way down towards the end of the city parking lot," she said.

Jackson said people in CJ's at the time started huddling around the door. "Eventually the door was standing open," she said, "I then heard someone say, someone is shot, call police." Jackson immediately dialed 9-1-1 and police were on scene before she got off the phone.

She suspects the man was coming towards the bar because he was trying to get to a place where people could help. "Never would we imagine something like this and we think it's unfortunate that someone got shot in the Czech Village period," she said, "We feel bad for the victim and their family."

Jackson has been assuring customers this incident is not commonplace in the area. "We want our customers to be safe and feel safe. This has been their neighborhood bar for 19 years and we will do anything we have to going forward, to make them feel safe," said Jackson.

The man was taken to Mercy Medical Center with what police considered non-life threatening injuries. Police continue to ask for information on the two men they believe are connected to the shooting. They were described as two black men, one wearing dark clothing and one wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with a pattern.
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