Cedar Rapids police believe 2 shooters targeted victims at downtown nightclub

Gunfire by two suspected shooters at a Cedar Rapids nightclub left two people dead and 10 wounded early Sunday.

Police said in a news release that the shooting happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. at the Taboo Nightclub and Lounge, and that officers who were patrolling downtown were able to respond quickly.

Police Chief Wayne Jerman said during a Sunday afternoon news conference that investigators believe the shooting, which left an adult male and an adult female dead, was «targeted.» No arrests have been made, but he said police do not think there’s a lingering threat to the public.

It’s the fourth and fifth homicide of 2022 in Cedar Rapids.

Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell expressed dismay about the shooting and lauded the police response.

“We as citizens need to do our part, too. We must head off incidents like this before they happen. That means respecting one and other, resolving issues peacefully and holding ourselves accountable,” O’Donnell said in a statement.

Jerman declined to offer any other details on the people who were killed, and said surviving victims sustained injuries that range from life-threatening to minor, with at least one victim in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon. One-hundred to 150 people were in the club at the time of the shooting, he said.

The club’s owner, Mod Williams, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that he doesn’t know many details about the shooting.

“It’s an extremely disturbing thing that happened and currently I’m just being as cooperative as I can to help the police,” Williams said.

Those with information about the shooting are encouraged to call Cedar Rapids Police at 319-286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 800-272-7463.

Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell’s full statement:

“Our hearts are with those impacted by the incident last night. This is not Cedar Rapids. This is not who we are. I want to thank our police officers for their swift response last night and their hard work every day keeping us safe. The Cedar Rapids Police Department is working hard to bring the person or persons responsible to justice. As citizens, we can take an active role in heading off these incidents before they happen. This means respecting one another, resolving issues peacefully, and holding ourselves and each other accountable. Together we can build the safe and welcoming community we want for Cedar Rapids.”

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Shooting at Taboo Nightclub in Cedar Rapids kills 2, injures 10

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