Police believe more than one suspect in Taboo Nightclub mass shooting

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Cedar Rapids law enforcement has provided an update on the investigation into a shooting at a downtown nightclub that killed two people and injured 10 others, at least one seriously.

Police responded to a shooting at the Taboo Nightclub Lounge at 415 3rd Street SE around 1:27 a.m. Sunday morning. Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said officers were outside the club when a stream of people left the club and fled. Around the same time, 911 dispatchers began receiving calls about the incident. Officers entered the club to locate the 12 victims and began administering first aid to the injured.

Jerman said the evidence so far leads investigators to believe more than one gunman was involved. He later said they believe “both gunmen” were male. No clear motive has been identified at this stage of the investigation, although Jerman said police do not believe it was a “gang-related incident”. Police also said there was no greater threat to the general public despite the lack of arrests, calling it a “targeted incident”.

The dead were an adult man and an adult woman, officials said. More information about their identities is being withheld pending notification from family members.

Jerman said police believe all injuries were related to the shooting, whether direct gunshot wounds or shrapnel. He said there was no indication at this time that injuries were caused by the stampede of people leaving the club.

Police believe the gunmen may have escaped during the initial influx of people who fled. There were no other incidents related to the first shooting outside the club.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell encouraged citizens to report suspicious or illegal activity and said the incident did not represent the city as a whole.

“Ultimately, I believe that real change will only happen if we as a city, we as citizens, refuse to get involved,” O’Donnell said.

Taboo hosted a ’90s-themed return of the Mac’ bash on Saturday night, according to social media promotions. Police estimate that there were about 100 to 150 people in the club at the time of the shooting. Modteets Williams, Jr., the club’s owner, told KCRG-TV9 that the club “is making every effort to cooperate with the police.”

Jerman said he couldn’t recall a recent surge in calls to the nightclub’s location. According to police call logs over the past year, at least two firearms incidents and one assault have been reported at the nightclub. However, most of the times the police visited the venue it was for routine bar checks.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Information can also be provided to CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-CS-CRIME.

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