CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Cedar Falls Police are investigating an early morning homicide. Officers were first called out for a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of Tremont Street around 1:36 a.m. on Sunday.
Police found 21-year-old Norman Carroll Gant, of Waterloo, lying in a yard with a gunshot wound. First responders took Gant to Sartori Hospital where he later died of his injuries. An autopsy was scheduled for the same day at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.
One man living on the block where it happened said he awoke to popping noises. “I think there was three, but I’m not real sure about that,” said Tim Olsen “But in this neighborhood they shoot fireworks a lot, because we live in a college town.”
As police started their investigation, it became apparent to Olsen it was something more.
“All of a sudden, cops started showing up earlier in the morning,” said Olsen, who has lived on Tremont Street since 2009, and has never seen anything like this.
“There’s college kids that have houses around here, not frat houses, but rent houses, and they occassionally have party and that’s what we’ve been told, that it happened after a party.”
The shock of hearing from police that this is a homicide investigation was still sinking in.
“I’m not used to seeing homicide investigations in Cedar Falls, let alone my front yard,” Olsen told TV-9.
According to his Facebook page, Gant attended Waterloo East High School. He played basketball for his school, and graduated in 2011.
Police have not made any arrests, but are investigating. Officials say the public in the area of the shooting is not at risk.