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Waterloo police say mall assault, shooting, ER fight connected

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    Waterloo Police are actively investigating an assault that ended with one teen in the hospital.After 7 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to Crossroads Mall for a report of eight teens attacking another teen. No names have been released and details of suspects are not available. No word on the condition of the victim.More >>
    Waterloo Police are actively investigating an assault that ended with one teen in the hospital.After 7 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to Crossroads Mall for a report of eight teens attacking another teen. No names have been released and details of suspects are not available. No word on the condition of the victim.More >>
WATERLOO (KWWL) - An assault in a Waterloo mall and a later shooting, followed by an emergency room fight, all appear to be connected, according to officials with the Waterloo Police Department.

Police believe it began when a man was found beaten and unconscious in the Crossroads Mall Wednesday night.

Officials with the Waterloo Police Department say they found Keith Hayes, 20, lying near the carousel in the middle of the mall around 7:11 p.m.

Police believe eight people assaulted Hayes and kicked him in the head.

Crossroads management say they're dedicated to keeping shoppers safe.

"To that end it employs a nationally-known security firm, to provide security services," they wrote in a statement to KWWL. "Additionally, Waterloo Police Department responds immediately to any potential security concerns. At each entrance to the mall is posted a copy of the Code of Conduct.  Violations of that Code are addressed with assertive action including bans from the mall for violators and arrest if appropriate."

Two hours later, at approximately 9:04 p.m., Waterloo Police say they were dispatched to an address on Cherry Street for a report of shots fired from a drive-by shooting they believe happened on nearby Florence Street.


When police arrived to investigate the shooting scene, they say they were called to Unity Point Allen Hospital where Tondrell Gray, 18, was in the Emergency Room after he was shot in his shoulder.

Police say a short time later, they were called to a possible fight at Unity Point Allen Hospital’s Emergency Room. Police believe the argument was between the two victim's friends.

Allen Hospital spokesperson Jim Waterbury declined to comment, saying he was too busy to speak to KWWL.

All three incidents are still under investigation.

Police believe they are connected.

"Obviously it could have been worse if somebody would have had a serious injury or death, but that didn't occur and it's good, and we'll just continue to work the investigation until we arrest someone," said Waterloo Police Captain Tim Pillack.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (319) 291-4340.

Shelley Russell contributed to this report.

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