Three people are in critical condition after , which houses students near Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said no suspects have been apprehended. She would not say whether police are looking for a single shooter or more.
Police taped off a section of the parking lot near building 311 and were conducting interviews, according to KCRG.
Police have yet to release names of the victims, but said that at about 12:39 p.m., police received a call from 311 Kirkwood Court SW No. 1, stating a 21-year-old female and a 22-year-old male had been shot. Ten minutes later, Mercy Hospital notified police that a 24-year-old male year old male showed up at the hospital with at least one gunshot wound. Police would not confirm whether the situations are connected.
The apartment complex markets itself to students, but it was unclear whether the vicitims attend the college. The complex is directly across the street from Kirkwood College Recreation Center and draws from Cedar Rapids, Marion and the surrounding area.
Several areas, including Kirkwood and Prairie High School, went into lockdown mode, but those restrictions have since been lifted.
Mike Foley, 18, who lives in an apartment building nearby, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that he saw several police cars arrive to the area and walked down to see the scene. He said he saw two people brought out on stretchers and put into an ambulance.
“The one looked pretty bad, but I really couldn’t tell,” Foley told the newspaper. “It’s pretty messed up. It’s pretty scary.”
Here is an update provided by Cedar Falls police:
Three victims in shootings CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – April 20, 2012 – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating three victims of gunshots on April 20, 2012. At about 12:39 pm, the Cedar Rapids Police Department received a call from 311 Kirkwood Ct SW #1, stating there were 2 individuals that had been shot. The two individuals are a 21 year old female and a 22 year old male. At about 12:49 pm we received a call from Mercy Hospital stating that a 24 year old male presented himself at Mercy Hospital also with a gunshot wound(s). All three are in critical condition. The names are not being released at this time as we are trying to notify family. All three victims were taken to Mercy Hospital and the female was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals. Kirkwood Community College, College Community School District and Four Oaks were all advised of the situation and were asked to be placed in emergency lock down. They were released from lockdown at about 1:43 pm. This was done as a precautionary measure. At this time, we are unsure if the three shooting victims are from the same incident or two separate incidents.
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