CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cedar Rapids police have arrested two men found in a vehicle near where one of the three shootings happened Sunday.
Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said charges have been filed against Alvionta D. Turner, 24; and Fabion H. Taylor, 26. Police are still investigating if the two men were involved with the shooting in the 300 block of 16th Street SE just before 5 p.m. Sunday.
The shooting was reported at 4:51 p.m., and a suspect vehicle with four suspects inside was stopped at 5 p.m. at the intersection of 18th Street and D Avenue NE. Buelow said Turner, the driver, was carrying a handgun. Taylor, one of the passengers, gave police fake information about his name and was discovered to have an active warrant. The other two occupants of the vehicle were not charged, Buelow said.
Buelow said police are still investigating the vehicle’s role in the shooting and if the shots came from Turner’s handgun.
“That would be part be part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.
Police responded to a second report of shots fired at 7:25 p.m. Buelow said the shooting occurred near Fourth Avenue and 18th Street SE. A man was shot in the leg and suffered a non-life threatening injury, police said. Shell casings were found at the scene.
Given the timing of the shootings and their proximity, police are investigating any connections between the incidents.
A third shooting was reported at 10:05 p.m. at 2105 North Towne Court NE. One subject suffered a graze wound from a bullet, but did not require hospitalization, police said. While investigating the shooting, police arrested 30-year-old David Nelson on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and Iowa drug tax stamp violation and Ciara Dulin, 22, with disorderly house.
“They may be involved with the incident, but they were not the shooters,” Buelow said of Nelson and Dulin.
In response to the shootings, Buelow said the police department will continue with the efforts it has put in place this year, including increased patrols and foot patrols. Department leadership will continue to reassess their tactics during weekly crime analysis meetings, Buelow said.
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