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Business owner still safe after shooting in Cedar Rapids

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What started as an ordinary Friday afternoon on Cedar Rapid's northeast side, turned out to be anything but.

A shooting at the BP Gas Station left one person injured and another in police custody.

Dan Waltz owns Wildlife Habitat, just a few doors down from the BP Gas Station where police say the shooting took place.

"Doing the normal day to day stuff and I get a phone call, are you okay," said Waltz. "Shooting over at the BP, asked if I was okay because it's just a couple doors down."

Waltz says at first he had no idea multiple shots were fired into a vehicle parked at the BP Gas Station on Center Point Road NE.

Police say at least one of those bullets, allegedly shot by Brandon Gordon, 18, hit 18-year old Kirsten Lee Meyer, but she wasn't the intended target.

Gordon was intending to shoot Rodney Da Vas Burt, 19, who was also inside the SUV with Meyer, but Burt wasn't hit.

While investigating the shooting, police began investigating a suspicious package on the roof of this nail solon, right next door to the BP.

However police tell us the package turned out not to be of any danger and was unrelated to the shooting.

"It is random so it is out of the ordinary. You wouldn't expect it next door, but it could happen anywhere.," said Waltz. "A lot of police cars, fire, ambulance, they had police tape all over the parking lots, just a lot of activity."

Waltz says his business has been on Center Point Road for about nine months and he's never seen so much police activity, however he still feels safe.

Meanwhile an employee at Dominos Pizza tell us in the five years he's been working there, he's never witnessed anything so bizarre, so he's a little uneasy.

Investigators believe Gordon knew Burt since he was the intended target, but it was unclear if Gordon and Meyer knew each other and that's still being investigated.

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