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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Police arrested a man they believe killed 23-year-old Orintheo Campbell, Jr. last month.

Campbell died at a Waterloo hospital after being shot outside a convenience store. Now, a Cedar Rapids man is behind bars.

Cedar Rapids police arrested James Robert Ernst II at a Cedar Rapids home based on information Cedar Rapids police received from Waterloo officers.

It all comes after a Dec. 6 shooting in the parking lot of a Waterloo Prime Mart.

Police responded to a shooting and soon after, Campbell arrived at a Waterloo hospital where he died.

The State Medical Examiner's Office did an autopsy and determined Campbell died from multiple gunshot injuries.

This week, Waterloo police got a warrant for Ernst's arrest for first-degree murder. Waterloo police say as a part of their investigation, they were checking multiple locations where they may find Ernst.

According to the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers Facebook page, a tip led to officers to the home where Ernst was arrested.

KWWL asked Waterloo investigators why they named Ernst as a suspect, but all they would say was that it was part of their ongoing investigation. They also would not say whether Ernst was living at the home where he was arrested.

KWWL tried to get a copy of the warrant, but county offices are closed for the New Year's holiday.

When police got the warrant for Ernst's arrest, bond was set at $1 million. Cedar Rapids Police took Ernst to the Linn County Correctional Center where the warrant was served.

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