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ICPD: Gun Fired 24 Times

Updated: Monday, April 21 2014, 11:17 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- 4 years have made a big difference for Iowa City resident Taha.

“It's getting real scary lately,” he says.

He moved into Pheasant ridge in 2010. Since then - a shooting in March paralyzed 18 year old Denisha Davis.

Early this Sunday morning just after 3am, there was more chaos.

“I was actually in the kitchen and my mom came running,” Taha said. “She was like ‘did you hear that?’”

That chaos was accompanied by gunshots.

“I heard multiple ones right after another.”

There were 24 shots to be exact, according to Iowa City police. All the shells were found in a nearby parking lot. Police say no one was injured. They say the rounds were likely shot up in the air, and they probably all from the same gun, but they’re unsure of the type of gun.

One unoccupied vehicle was struck by a round.

“Sounds to me there was at least one magazine change, so yes, that is quite a few rounds,” Lt Troy Kelsay says.

Police say the gunfire raises concern in a neighborhood that was already attracting their attention. It's the same neighborhood where a cab driver was robbed at gunpoint last August. Then you have the Davis shooting, still fresh on everyone's mind.

Police say this recent shooting seems to have no connection to that incident, but all these issues combined have them paying extra attention.

“Clearly it is flaring up, that is a concern, we will continue to dedicate resources to it to try to calm it,” Lt. Kelsay says.

Those additional resources were visible Monday, as patrol cars roamed the neighborhood.

“Hopefully we get in front of the curve instead of responding to calls for service.”

It’s news that should be a relief to many living around here, especially those with young kids. For others, however, it's still just too risky.

“I definitely want my siblings to be safe,” Taha says. “Maybe I'll take them somewhere else to play, not around here.”

Police are asking for your help. They're looking for the shooter - described as a light skinned black male – 6”1’ with braids and a black and a white hoodie. You're encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 358-8447. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, and as always, you can remain anonymous.ICPD: Gun Fired 24 Times


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