CEDAR FALLS — The Cedar Falls Police Department’s investigative unit has issued a renewed request for the public’s assistance with information regarding a homicide in the College Hill area last weekend.
Police are asking that anyone who may have information or witnessed suspicious activity in the College Hill area to contact the investigative unit at 273-8612.
Also, anyone with a vehicle that was parked in the College Hill area and may have damage related to the incident should call the investigative unit.
Alex Michael Bullerman, 18, of Waterloo, died of a single gunshot wound early Nov. 11 after he was found behind an apartment building at 2303 Olive St., according to police.
A short time later, 18-year-old Dylan James Gehrke, also of Waterloo, arrived at a hospital by private vehicle with a single gunshot wound to his lower right leg. He was treated and released from the hospital.
“We are looking into all possibilities,” Cedar Falls Police Capt. Mike Hayes said. “We have not ruled out gangs. We’re looking at all kinds of things.
“What we’re looking for is vehicles that may have damage from shootings,” Hayes added, as well as anyone who witnessed any activity in or around the 2200-2300 blocks of Olive Street that evening and early morning.
“People may be afraid to come forward. But they need to,” Hayes said. “There has been a homicide. We need the information,” he said.
Public Safety Director Jeff Olson re-emphasized there is not an ongoing threat to the general public.
“We’re focusing on a group of individuals,” Olson said, noting it appears those who were involved in the shootings “clearly knew each other.”
He also said additional officers are working weekends to address any issues associated with known gang members.
“What we’ve noticed in the past is that some gang members are frequenting the bars on the Hill and even some in the downtown,” Olson said. “And we noticed it again when we had the shooting last weekend and the weekend before when we had a (shotgun) shot fired into the air” in which no one was injured. “There have been known gang members or people associated with gangs in each, so we’re putting some extra officers out on the weekends to help deal with what we’ve noticed.”
He said officers know those individuals, and “know them by name.”