News conference at 3:00 PM on mass shooting at downtown Cedar Rapids night club
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Cedar Rapids Police are investigating a mass shooting at a downtown Cedar Rapids nightclub that killed two people and wounded 10 others.
Officers remained on the scene of Taboo Nightclub and Lounge at 415 3rd Street SE into Sunday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids Police will hold a news conference on the shooting at 3:00 PM. KCRG-TV9 will carry it live on-air and streaming on KCRG.com and KCRG apps.
Cedar Rapids Police were on routine downtown patrol when the shooting occurred and were able to respond immediately.
Officials say there is no ongoing threat to the public, but officers are interviewing witnesses and Crime Scene Investigators remain on site.
The club was hosting a 90s themed night with a $10 cover charge, according to social media posts promoting the night. The owner of the club told KCRG-TV9 he is doing everything to cooperate with police.
Anyone present at the time of the shooting or with knowledge of the incident is encouraged to contact Cedar Rapids Police at 319-286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-272-7463.
The shooting happened a day after police announced a separate shooting targeted an off-duty police officer. No one was hurt in that shooting as bullets hit the officer’s home and squad car.
Cedar Rapids mayor Tiffany O’Donnell released a statement after the shooting calling for an end to violence.
“Our hearts are with those impacted by the incident last night. This is not Cedar Rapids. This is not who we are. I want to thank our police officers for their swift response last night and their hard work every day keeping us safe. The Cedar Rapids Police Department is working hard to bring the person or persons responsible to justice. As citizens, we can take an active role in heading off these incidents before they happen. This means respecting one another, resolving issues peacefully, and holding ourselves and each other accountable. Together we can build the safe and welcoming community we want for Cedar Rapids.” - Tiffany O’Donnell, Cedar Rapids mayor.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley echoed a similar statement on Twitter, saying “violence is never the answer”.
Rep. Ashley Hinson, whose district includes Cedar Rapids, called it “absolutely horrible”, adding praise for the fast response of law enforcement.
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