Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Six people were shot at the Ramada Inn in Cedar Rapids around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night, according to police. The incident occured during an advertised birthday party in a conference room with a DJ, with several dozen people in attendance. Witnesses said that an argument escalated before at least one guy drew a gun and began shooting.
Officers arrived on the scene and discovered three gunshot victims, all of whom were taken to the hospital, where two of them are expected to recover. With more serious injuries, the third was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Their current condition is now publicly released.
Three more gunshot victims were sent to local hospitals, and all three are expected to make a full recovery.
The youngest of the victims is 13-years-old.
“This senseless and inexcusable act is yet another example of persons in our community who make the conscious decision to use firearms illegally. Those who continue this illegal behavior need to be held responsible for their actions, prosecuted fully, and removed from our community. I want to acknowledge the heroic actions of all the responding law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, as well as medical personnel at the hospitals where the wounded were treated,” said the Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman in a statement.
If anyone has attended the event or has any information regarding the incident or may help identify suspects, please call the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491.