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CR Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Cedar Rapids police are investigating a shooting in downtown cedar rapids.

Police and ambulance crews responded to shots fired at 5620 Johnson Avenue Northwest.
A 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital, for a gunshot wound to the torso.
Police are still searching for a suspect after sirens and flashing lights woke this neighborhood from its slumber very early this morning.

"They kind of came out with a hurry and told the people to get out and woman was really in distress, said Glenn Christie who says he had gone outside for a smoke.

Glenn Christie describes what he says happened early this morning when officers made a traffic stop in the 2700 block of Johnson Avenue Northwest.

"She had no shirt on. Somebody in the back was shot. We didn't really get to see where, but we're guessing that they used the shirt to stop the blood, he said.

Police say they responded to a call at this apartment complex in the 5600 block of Johnson Avenue.

While officers found evidence of shots fired there was no one at the scene.

"Other officers while they were in route found a vehicle that was driving faster than normal. So they made the traffic stop not far from the shots fired, said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin of the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

In the car police found a man with a gunshot wound on his upper body.

They called for an ambulance and took him to a nearby hospital, still alive.

"Appears to be non-life threatening injuries at this time, Hamblin said.

Residents here say incidents like this are not normal for this quiet neighborhood.

"Things go on up the hill sometimes but I've never had any problems down here, said Elsie Sibert who lives nearby.

"It's pretty quiet. It's not too bad around here so it was really shocking to see five squad cars and two ambulances all of sudden, said Christie.

Again police say this is still an ongoing investigation.

They are asking anyone with information to call Linn County Crime Stoppers, all calls are anonymous.
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