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Cedar Rapids police continue shooting investigation


A quiet neighborhood on Cedar Rapids' southwest side is still on edge nearly 24 hours after a shooting injured two men.

A routine Thursday night for Theresa Staton was interrupted by sounds she had never heard in her twelve years living in the neighborhood.

"We heard the shots," Staton said.  "First we thought it was fireworks, but I looked out the window and saw someone running and knew it wasn't firecrackers."

Staton was watching TV when she heard six gun shots across the street, one of the bullets grazed the side of her home.

"[I was] frightened, really frightened," Staton said.

An eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, told KWWL he saw two young men ambushed by a shooter.

He then saw the three men run away through a nearby park.

I happened at the intersection of "C" Street and Rapids Avenue SW about 8:00 Thursday night.

Police say the two victims were shot in the legs.  They are expected to be all right.  

"We're still trying to figure out what the connection is between the victims and the offenders, and we don't know for sure how they know each other," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids police department.

Friday, detectives continued to work the case, looking to gather additional evidence.

Officials believe the shooter had a purpose, and there was no additional threat to the surrounding neighborhood.

"The two victims walking down the street happened to be there.  It wasn't the neighborhood that was targeted.  It was more likely the individuals," Hamblin said.

Still, Thursday night's shooting is something many in this normally quiet neighborhood won't soon forget.

"Definitely keep the doors locked all the time now," Staton said.

As of Friday night, no arrests have been made.  The identity of the two victims has not yet been released.

Anyone with nay information is asked to call Linn County Crimestoppers.


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