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Emergency Information

HAWK ALERT Report of shots fired in Ped Mall. Stay away from area.

HAWK ALERT Report of shots fired in Ped Mall. Stay away from area.

Situation Update(s): 

Police are on scene. Avoid pedestrian mall area.

07/25/2021 - 1:41am

Police continue to search for suspect. Please be vigilant and continue to avoid the area. 

07/25/2021 - 2:14am

Police investigation continues. Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and report suspicious activity. 

07/25/2021 - 3:10am
Closed - Arrest Made

Update: Thursday, July 29, 2021 (3:55 p.m.)

Police issue update on Ped Mall shooting 

Iowa City Police have identified the individual who fired several shots from a handgun in the Ped Mall on July 25, 2021. The person has been identified as Andre Roberts Jr., 19, of Cedar Rapids. He has been charged with the following offenses:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Person Ineligible to Carry Dangerous Weapons
  • Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Use of a Dangerous Weapon in the Commission of a Crime

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The incident remains under investigation as police continue to work on identifying others involved. The Iowa City Police Department would like to thank the community for responding with information that assisted in identifying this individual.

Read full release from the Iowa City Police Department here.

Update: Sunday, July 25, 2021 (1:23 p.m.)

Iowa City Police investigate shooting

On Sunday, July 25, 2021, at approximately 1:10 am, Iowa City Police responded to another report of shots fired in the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. After further investigation police determined a fight involving several people occurred in the alley by the Fieldhouse bar. One person fired several shots from a handgun into the crowd. A twenty-four-year-old female and a seventeen-year-old male were struck by the gunfire. They are believed to have non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in connection to this incident, which remains under investigation.

Police are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying the people in the attached video from outside of the Fieldhouse bar.

Police do not believe the two shooting incidents are related and have not determined if they are related to any of the recent shootings in Iowa City.

Read full release from the City of Iowa City here.