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No alert issued to students after shots fired near UI campus

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Multiple gun shots rang out near the University of Iowa campus, and students say they're weren't even notified.

Iowa City Police say it all happened in the area of Madison and Market Streets, not far from the Iowa Memorial Union, early Saturday morning.

Once they arrived around 1:30, two women were standing outside of the car that had been shot up multiple times, but they were not hurt.

Their suspect, 25-ear-old Fabian Miniel, of Davenport fled. They later found him in Coralville

University of Iowa junior Bethany Peyton says she didn't get a Hawk Alert about the situation.

"Blatant disregard. They just completely disregarded the situation and blew it off," said Peyton. "We're spending tons of money to go to school here and they're not bothering to send those alerts."

UI officials admit they didn't issue a Hawk Alert.

"Based on the facts, the officers on scene determined there was not an ongoing threat to the campus community, therefore we did not issue a Hawk Alert," said captain Lucy Wiederholt of the UI Police.

"Shots fired near campus, a Hawk Alert should have definitely gone out," said freshman Grant Frieders. "Whenever a sexual assaualt goes down, they always send out a Hawk Alert to let people know something happened and to watch out, so they should do the same thing, especially with weapons."

Miniel was arrested and charged with reckless use of a firearm and possession of a firearm as a felon, and police found a pistol and ammo inside his home. He was also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant from Illinois for a drug-related offense. 

"If they didn't know where he was then there was an obvious ongoing danger," said Frieders.

Although the shots fired case happened near campus, Iowa City Police tell us it falls under the Iowa City jurisdiction and is being investigated by ICPD

[The university] should've made us aware of the situation, so we could at least stay away from the situation and to know there is an issue going on," said Peyton. "I just think it's irresponsible of them, people need to be kept safe."

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