UPDATE: Man shot in Cedar Rapids robbery identified

Published: Dec. 24, 2017 at 7:51 AM CST
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An eastern Iowa man is in stable condition, after he was shot twice in the chest.

Cedar Rapids Police say the shooting happened just after 2:15 a.m. Friday during a robbery of a home in the 1800 block of E Avenue NE. Police initially reported the robbery near M Street and 12th Avenue SW, but now say that was a separate robbery that may be related.

Trenton Holst, 22, remains at St. Luke's Hospital.

His mom, Shari Holst, says she's thankful he's not paralyzed.

"We don't feel safe yet to stay at the house. We've stopped by briefly to grab clothes, and stay at the hotel."

Trenton was asleep when the robbery happened. His parents were also staying at the home.

"When they startled him and woke him up, he actually tried to lunge at the shooter," Shari Holst said.

Bullets hit Trenton twice. According to family, one bullet was lodged near Trenton's spine, and the other bullet caused a collapsed lung.

For now, he relies on a chest tube. And family is hopeful doctors can remove that tube by Monday.

"If his lung doesn't deflate again, then he's good to go and they'll remove it permanently, and he could even go home on Christmas Day," Shari Holst said.

It will take some time for Trenton to heal, no matter when he leaves the hospital. He won’t be able to return to work as a plumber apprentice for several weeks. His family plans to be there for every step of recovery.

"Even though our Christmas gifts were stolen, he's the best gift ever just because he's alive."

Family friends started a


Police say the investigation is ongoing.



Cedar Rapids police say a man was shot during a robbery.

This was on Friday just after 2:15 a.m.

Police tell TV9 that it happened on M St. and 12th Ave. SW.

They say a man was injured during the robbery and was taken to St. Luke's hospital.

The robbery is still under investigation.


CORRECTION: Police originally told TV9 News the robbery and shooting happened at M Street and 12th Avenue SW. They later said it happened in the 1800 block of E Avenue NE. Police also said a robbery at M Street and 12th Avenue SW may be related.

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