Police identify man shot, killed at Marion bar

KCRG-TV9's Brian Tabick spoke to people who live nearby and watched as multiple agencies sped to the scene of the fatal shooting on Friday night.
Published: Mar. 18, 2023 at 2:20 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Officials have released additional information about the shooting at a Marion bar on Friday night, including the name of a victim who died.

Cameron Barnes, 32, was shot and killed in an incident at Cocktails & Company, located at 1625 Blairs Ferry Road. Marion Police said that, at around 11:06 p.m., they responded to a report of gunshots at the bar. Several law enforcement agencies and ambulances sped to the scene.

Officials said that Barnes was shot inside the bar, and later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.

Cocktails and company released a statement about the incident on its Facebook page on Saturday night: “Last night was something we never would have imagined. This is such a heavy weight, and we want to extend all of our thoughts and prayers to those who were there, experienced it, and have been affected by it.

We love Cedar Rapids and Marion and all the people that belong to these places! We want fun, love, expression, and above all, peace.

Life is so confusing, and at times, we’re at a loss. We will be closed and taking some time off. Hug each other, love each other and be kind to each other. See you soon!

Brianne Lane said she heard the first responders race past her home.

“We heard the sirens going off and we looked out the window and saw an ambulance and a go-by,” she said. “There ended up being a total of 12 or 13 police that just went flying down the road.”

Lane said the sheer amount of responders driving by with lights and sirens on led her to make a social media post. That was where she learned a shooting had taken place.

“I was surprised,” she said. “Cocktails is a nicer bar and a place or family used to get together. You don’t really hear that stuff happening there.”

No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting, nor has a suspect been named publicly. An investigation is ongoing. Lane said a shooting happening so close to where she lived had her questioning where she wanted to call home.

“I don’t really want to live in Cedar Rapids anymore,” she said. “I don’t have the means to leave and I don’t want to leave yet because this is home, but I hope people can start to be more kind to each other and handle things without violence.”

The Cedar Rapids Police Department, Hiawatha Police Department, and Linn County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the emergency response.