Second Suspect in Iowa City Shooting Arrested

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Police have arrested a second man suspected in participating in a March 7 shooting that left a young woman paralyzed from the knees down.

According to Johnson County Jail records, 19-year-old Gage M. Rupp, of Cedar Rapids, was booked early Thursday morning on charges of reckless use of a firearm and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Both charges are class C felonies and carry a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Rupp is one of four men suspected of firing dozens of shots into a west side apartment building where a birthday party was taking place on the evening of March 7. One of the bullets struck 18-year-old Denisha Davis, causing a multitude of injuries and leaving her paralyzed from the knees down. A second Cedar Rapids man, 20-year-old Devasier Jontees Cungtion, was arrested earlier this month. Two other men - Travonte D. Hughes, 19, of Cedar Rapids, and Dimione J. Walker, 20, of Iowa City - remain at large.

Police were called to 2608 Bartelt Road at 11:52 p.m. March 7 for multiple reports of shots fired. Police said more than a dozen shots were fired in the apartment complex and vehicles parked in the area.

Eye witnesses told police that Rupp was involved in the shooting and was seen running from the apartment building, shooting back at the building as he ran.

According to online court records, Cungtion is scheduled to be arraigned on April 4.
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