CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Police are investigating a double shooting in southwest Cedar Rapids. According to Cedar Rapids police, the shooting took place near the intersection of C St. and Rapids Ave. SW. Police responded to the incident at around 8 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say the victims were walking on C St. when an unknown number of people in another group began shooting at them.
Cedar Rapids Police said two men, both 20, were transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both victims were hit in the lower leg/torso area, and remained hospitalized Friday morning.
Several neighbors said they heard a series of more than five gunshots, and police responded in minutes. Vick Hale, who lives three houses from the intersection, said he was watching TV when he heard the shots. "[I] came outside and heard somebody say, 'He got shot. He got shot,' and went back inside," Hale said. "Then all the neighbors started coming out so we felt like it might be safe to kind of get a little bit closer, but [it's] pretty scary."
Hale said it is a fairly safe neighborhood, but the atmosphere might be changing. "It's been a pretty quiet neighborhood but it seems like since the flood, it's getting worse," Hale said. "We're about ready to move I think."
The streets surrounding the three-way intersection were blocked off for more than two hours. Officers combed the grassy field and edge of a wooded area on the east side of C St. with flashlights and metal detectors. Police dogs were also on scene searching the area. Officers spoke with several residents in the immediate area.
Police do not have any arrests. If you have any information, you're asked to call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME. All calls are anonymous.