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Victims of Cedar Rapids shooting not cooperating with police

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Victims disconnected their cell phones after birthday party shooting at the Cedar Rapids Ramada

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Raymond Miller is a hotel guest at the Ramada by Wyndham where six people -- including a 13 year-old boy -- were shot on Friday night.

Miller says he was on his way to the front desk when he saw people running toward the outside doors. That's when he said he heard gun shots.  Cedar Rapids police report those shots were fired at the hotel around 10:30 on Friday night.

Miller says he is a first responder and that when he and a hotel employee saw that people had been shot, they sprung into action.

That employee -- who did not want to be named -- called 911.  Then he, Miller and another woman in the hotel who is reportedly also a first responder, began giving first aid to the victims.

"Most of them were shot multiple times.  The young lady I was working  on -- her ankle was just about shot off," Miller says, "And we began to wrap towels around them, trying the best we could to keep the bleeding to a minimum."  

Police say the shooting took place at a birthday party inside one of the conference rooms.  Several dozen people were in attendance.  Three of the injured guests were taken to local hospitals.  One of those three was taken  to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for serious injuries.  Three other victims -- including the 13-year-old boy -- went to the hospital in personal vehicles.  Police say those victims have all been released from the hospital but they've all disconnected their cell phones and are not cooperating with investigators.

"This is similar to the other incidents that we see here in the city where some form of disagreement or altercation just rose to the level of where  individuals choose to settle their differences by the use of firearms," Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said.

Jerman says there was possibly a second shooter and investigators are still asking for cooperation from the victims and witnesses.  Investigators are still looking at surveillance video from the Ramada. Jerman also said there needs to be more investigation to determine if interference charges could be brought against the victims for refusing to cooperate with investigators.