One weekend shooting at the Iowa nightclub Police said leaving two people dead and 10 others injured was a “purposeful incident”.
Cedar Rapids Sheriff Wayne Jerman said in a news conference On Sunday, evidence indicated more than one gunman and a dozen to two dozen shots were fired at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge around 1:27 a.m. Sunday.
Between 100 and 150 people were inside the club when gunfire rang out, sending patrons rushing out of the building. At the same time, police received a call about a shooting at the club, according to Jerman.
Officers were outside the club, responding to a separate incident, and rushed in to find the dead and wounded, he said.
According to the police chief, the two people killed were a man and a woman. Their names were not published.
Jerman said the injured suffered from life-threatening to mild injuries, noting that one person was in critical condition.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, but police believe it is an isolated incident. There is no threat to the public, according to the sheriff.
“The shooter or shooter was not immediately identified and may have escaped the scene with patrons rushing out of the facility,” Jerman said.
The investigation is underway.
Jerman said: “This is another mindless and mindless gun case involving a reckless disregard for human life. I’m still angry at this disregard and disrespect for children’s lives. people continue to go on blatantly and blatantly.” “I want to reassure the residents of this city that Cedar Rapids is a safe city.”
Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell also condemned the incident.
“My heart aches for all those affected by last night’s shooting. The victims, their families, first responders and their entire community,” she said at the press conference. me in general”.
“Shock, anger, grief, disappointment – just a few of the emotions I’m sure we all feel today,” she said. “As a mother, my heart goes out to the parents today who are going through the worst day of their lives.”
She called for an end to violence in the city.
“This is not who we are. This is not Cedar Rapids,” she said. “Today I challenge all of us to meet the immediate need. We must be the changers.”
Jerman notes this is the fourth and fifth homicides in Cedar Rapids in 2022.