Suspect charged in Ped Mall shooting

BY DI STAFF | JULY 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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One suspect believed to be involved in a weekend shooting on the downtown Pedestrian Mall remains at-large, while another was arrested Sunday, police said.

According to an Iowa City police report, at 1:36 a.m. Sunday police officers on foot heard the sound of gunshots on the Pedestrian Mall.

Iowa City police Sgt. Chris Akers said no injuries had been reported as of late Sunday evening from the incident.

The early Sunday morning shooting marks the second reported shooting in downtown since November 2012, he said.

Witnesses told officers that the suspects, described as two African American males — one wearing a white T-shirt, one in dark clothing — fled south from where the shots had been reported occurring, according to the release.

A loaded pistol was in the possession of one juvenile whom officers located two blocks south of the reported shooting, the release said. The man, whom Akers said police had not identified as of Sunday evening, reportedly admitted to firing numerous shots through the air while on the Ped Mall.

The juvenile suspect was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class-C felony, going armed with intent, a Class-D felony, carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor, and reckless use of a firearm, a simple misdemeanor.

Akers said the shooting remains under investigation, and Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers will continue to offer up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the second suspect.

— by Quentin Misiag

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