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Neighbors, police react to gunfire

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Tuesday night, a home was hit by gunfire in Waterloo.

That home is right next door to Armoni Gray.

“I heard multiple gunshots, and was wondering what was going on,” he said. “It's not the first time we heard gunshots on this street.”

One home was hit on Ricker St. Several bullet holes were evident in the window.

Wednesday, the neighborhood was quiet. Still, the incident was fresh in Gray's mind. He was home with his wife and child.

“It puts not just one person's life in danger, but multiple lives,” he said. “Anything can happen. A bullet can ricochet. Anything can happen.”

The gunfire erupted just after a vigil wrapped up for Orintheo Campbell, Jr., who was shot and killed last week. Police cannot confirm if the recent gunfire was related to Campbell's death.

Police are investigating both incidents, which means interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence.

Capt. David Mohlis, of Waterloo Police, said gathering that information can sometimes be difficult.

“Yeah, especially when the investigation is at the beginning,” he said. “When we're at the scene, people don't want to go in front of other witnesses – to see that they came forward and gave information. They want to be more anonymous.”

Mohlis said they have more success with their anonymous tipline, and interviews after the fact.

For others, Tuesday shooting felt like a close call. Marquavion Brown, 14, and Elijah Lewis, 13, were in the area Wednesday. They felt lucky they weren't there the night before.

“Yeah, we'd probably end up dead or hurt,” Brown said.

It also left them with some what-ifs.

“I mean, if somebody had a couch right there?” said Lewis, looking at the shot-out window. “If somebody got shot sitting on the couch….”

Which leaves police with this – shutting them out hurts an investigation.

“In a way, it does,” he said. “Because they're not giving us the information that can lead us to a suspect, to stop this violence, so it does in a way hurt.”

Tips can be directed to Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477) or online here.

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