WATERLOO, Iowa - Police in Waterloo are trying to figure out why a 17-year-old Expo High student died after a shooting that took place on a city street Thursday night.
Authorities identified the victim as Martavious T. Johnson, 17. Investigators say Johnson died in the 500 block of Sumner Street on the east side of Waterloo after a shooting there just before 8:0o p.m. Thursday night. Friends took Johnson to Allen Hospital by a private car. Police were notified of a shooting victim by the hospital.
Investigators roped off at least a half block area of Sumner Street Thursday night into Friday morning to search for clues.
One resident heard the shot, but couldn't tell exactly where it came from.
Ron Marvets said "they said somebody got shot out in front of my house but that isn't what happened, they didn't get shot here. They got shot somewhere else down the block."
One police commander confirmed that Johnson had gotten into an argument with someone who then drew a weapon. But officers weren't providing a great many details.
Lt. Michael McNamee said "we're not sure what it (the argument) was about. We're at the stage where we're still interviewing people."
Family members mourning the loss said they were told some details by people who were there. Willie Harrington, Jr., the victim's uncle, said family members believe the shooter approached Johnson and asked about some gang affiliation.
Harrington said the victim wasn't involved with any gang and when Johnson made a sharp reply to the question, he was shot.
"I'm still getting bits and pieces of it trying to get it all together and at the same time I don't want to say anything that would jeopardize the criminal case that will come," Harrington said.
Waterloo Police confirmed they took a 15-year-old in for questioning after the shooting. Officers would not say if that teen was a suspect in the case.
Family members said the victim's nickname was "Tay Tay." An autopsy report late Friday confirmed death was caused by a single gunshot wound.