Iowa City Police charge two in Ped Mall shooting

Iowa City Police investigating shooting at Ped Mall

Iowa City Police are investigating a shooting that happened at the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City. Officials say three people were taken to a local hospital. As of 5 a.m. Sunday morning one gunshot victim was in surgery and in critical condition according to Captain Troy Kelsay of the Iowa City Police Department. The other two as of 5 a.m. were in stable condition according to Kelsay.

Iowa City Police say officers were patrolling the Ped Mall early Sunday morning when they heard shots fired at 1:29 a.m.. A press release from Iowa City Police states the shots fired were heard in the area of College Street and Dubuque Street.

Officers found three shooting victims in that area. Officials say a number of people were taken to the station to be interviewed about the incident.

23-year-old Lamar Cheyeene Wilson has been booked in the Johnson County Jail with 3 charges of Attempted Murder and 3 counts of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon.

21-year-old Donte Ronnell Taylor is charged with Trafficking in Stolen Weapons, Carrying Weapons, Control of Firearms by a Felon, Interference with Official Acts, and Public Intoxication.

Officials say they recovered several firearms. They would not release a specific number.

Kelsay also said the shooting "appears to be some bad feelings between to separate groups of individuals." He says one group was "in town to socialize in Iowa City." He says the other is mostly people who live there. He says the gunshots were between the two groups. Kelsay says this shooting was not random.

Kelsay said during a Sunday morning press conference,"I believe that it is the same people that are involved in some of the incidents that are happening in Cedar Rapids."

Kelsay said ICPD presence will be increased in the area out of concern for a potential escalation of violence between the groups.

A Hawk Alert was issued because of the scene's proximity to the University of Iowa campus. Right now the names of the victims are not being released. However, police do say the victims ages are 22, 26 and 27. According to Iowa City Police the victims are not University of Iowa students.

Iowa City Police will continue to investigate the incident.

Iowa City Area Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the crime. You have information you can call Crimestoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).

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