Attempted Murder Charge Filed in Cedar Rapids Shooting

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By Aaron Hepker

Cedar Rapids Shooting Investigation
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Prosecutors have filed an attempted murder charge against a 19-year-old man after a shooting Thursday afternoon in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Robert L. Norris, of 4815 First Ave. SW, Apt. 2F, is accused of shooting 18-year-old Andre Kearney, of Cedar Rapids, once in the hip area. Kearney has since been treated and released from a local hospital, police said.

Around 3:50 p.m. Thursday, police rushed to a report of gunshots at the Glenbrook West Apartments, 4815 First Ave. SW. Both Kearney and Norris were found in the area of the apartment building.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said investigators determined Norris shot Kearney once with a handgun after a verbal argument. She said witnesses reported hearing at least four gunshots.

“We found shell casings both inside and outside the apartment,” Hamblin said.

As Norris was going back into the apartment, police said he pushed Shanise Williams, 19, and then slapped her in the head. Norris and Williams have a child together and live at the apartment building, Hamblin said.

Several witnesses saw at least part of the incident, Hamblin said.

Police have not released details about what prompted the argument that led to the shooting.

Norris made his initial appearance Friday morning in Linn County District Court. In addition to attempted murder, he is charged with willful injury, going armed with intent, carrying weapons and domestic assault. If convicted, he faces up to 42 years in prison and fines.

Norris has been arrested 12 times since he turned 18, for offenses including theft, assault and criminal mischief. He was last arrested May 5 after he allegedly punched Williams in the head, police said. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
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