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Witness details Cedar Rapids homicide victim's cries for help

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A fifteen year old dies in a Cedar Rapids shooting and now police are investigating it as homicide.

Sunday night just before 10:30 in the 300 block of 16th Street SE, police say Aaron Richardson, 15,  somehow managed to get himself to a nearby a home, saying he had been shot.

“A young man's life ahead of him, cut short. We got to put a stop to this,” said Dino Ervin who witnessed part of the incident. “He was shot at the park and he ran asking for help and he landed right here on my steps. My daughter was holding him in their arm and he was bleeding, he was throwing up blood, just trauma. I deal with trauma all the time, but I was scared.”

Friends and loved ones gathered around the memorial in Ervin's front yard to remember Richardson.

“I loved him...” said Lanaja Towns, Richardson's girlfriend.

Cedar Rapids Police don't have many details in the homicide case, but they tell KWWL based on their findings the shooting was not random.

Investigators say it appears 15-year-old Richardson was the intended target.

“He just had you laughing, he know how to crack jokes, he was just himself,” said Marisha Brown, Richardson's friend.

While friends were looking for answers, Monday afternoon, police were looking for clues in another report of gunfire just a few blocks away on 16th Street NE.

Police say no injuries were reported, but there was a home with bullet holes.

KWWL crews noticed the K-9 unit was on scene canvassing an alley way.

“Always saying that black lives matter, but everybody's lives matter. it ain't just black, white, red, greed or purple, all of our lives matter,” says a Tasha, a witness. “I believe it's retaliation from the young boy that got killed last night.”

As of Monday evening, police have not confirmed a connection - saying it's still too early in their investigation to determine that. 

If you have any information surrounding either shooting call the Cedar Rapids Police Department: (319) 286-5491

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