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Police are searching for the person who shot and killed another man along a Waterloo street early Sunday morning. The drive-by shooting happened in the 1600 block of Broadway Street around 2 a.m.
22-year-old Shantorio "Shaun" Evans of Waterloo was a passenger in the car when someone pulled up next to the vehicle and shot him. He later died at a Waterloo hospital.
Police closed off the 1600 block of Broadway for several hours Sunday following the shooting. A few neighbors report hearing gunshots and the sound of breaking glass—unusual, they say, for the quiet neighborhood.
"I don't worry about the shootings when they happen around here because they're almost always related to gangs and drugs or domestic disputes, and this is actually a really nice neighborhood, in spite of the Waterloo reputation," said area resident Katrina Platt.
Police say several people were riding inside the vehicle driving down Broadway with Shaun Evans. None of them were hurt in the incident. And those passengers have only been able to identify the shooter's car as being white in color.
"We have some general information but this is still an ongoing investigation. There are still people we want to speak with," said Lt. Michael McNamee with Waterloo Police.
While some in the community may feel uneasy following the drive-by, police say there's no reason for alarm.
"Any time you have an incident like this, it affects the community as a whole. But we don't think it was a random act. These people probably knew each other, but we can't say a whole lot more at this point," McNamee said.
Families like the Platts now just hope police will catch those responsible. In ministry at a Waterloo church, they feel incidents like this can be a wake-up call.
"We just do what we can, mostly through outreach to families and children, and maybe help them to see a better way of life," said Platt.
Online court records show Shaun Evans was involved in a shooting four years ago. He spent time in jail and was released on probation. Police say they're considering Evans' connection to that case among all the other leads being investigated.
Evans' family says he was turning his life around, and was a good father to his young daughter.
Funeral services for Evans are pending the completion of an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office.
Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call 855-300-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and be eligible for the cash reward.
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