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More gun violence in Iowa City

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Police are looking for three people they believe fired around nine shots in an Iowa City neighborhood late Tuesday night.

Police say around 11:45 they received at least four calls of shots fired in the 1900 block of broadway street. Some callers reported that two or three suspects were running through the neighborhood toward the general area of Hollywood Blvd and Taylor Dr.

Seven Iowa City Police patrol officers flooded the area and detained two persons matching the descriptions provided. The two denied being involved and further denied even hearing any gunshots. The 16-year-old provided an Iowa City address on N Dodge St. The 21-year-old was reportedly a guest at the same address. Both claimed to be in the south-side neighborhood only because there was nothing to do on N Dodge St. A witness was unable to positively identify the two as being involved in the shooting. No weapon was located and the males were allowed to continue on their way.

Officers spoke with numerous witnesses. It is unclear exactly what occurred. Some reported one shooter firing a handgun "just for fun". Others reported the shooting resulted from an argument between as many as three persons and that there were possibly two different shooters exchanging gunfire. According to police reports, most callers and witnesses reported that the shooting occurred on a grassy area just north of 1946 Broadway St. It seems shots were fired and then perhaps a second shooter returned fire. Two suspects were seen "running as fast as they could" from the area eastbound on Hollywood Blvd toward Taylor Dr. A third suspect seen carrying a handgun was apparently chasing them.

The three suspects were described a young Black males wearing the following:
• Suspect #1: dark-colored clothing;
• Suspect #2: a gray shirt and "saggy" white and blue striped shorts and possibly armed with a handgun;
• Suspect #3: a large, oversized white shirt and armed with a handgun.

A K-9 unit from the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety responded to assist. The police dog is trained to detect gunpowder residue. The dog alerted on two separate locations in the grassy field. Officers, however, were unable to locate any shell casings or bullet strikes. At this time, there is no evidence that anyone was injured. No victims have come forward.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest of any suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. Callers should reference incident number 2009042312.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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