WATERLOO | Police have taken two people into custody and seized four handguns in connection with a trio of shootings Tuesday.
No one has been arrested for actually pulling the triggers in the attacks, which left one injured and damaged two vehicles and a home. But officers said the investigations led them to firearms and resulted in charges for people connected with the weapons.
Dreyan Rashad Anderson, 18, of 311 Vinton St., was arrested Tuesday night for carrying weapons and interference while armed during a traffic stop at Linden Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Dameon Dariyus Harris, 23, of Waterloo, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for felon in possession of a firearm, carrying weapons and possession of marijuana.
A third person, Dequayvion Dontrell Davis, 20, was arrested for a probation violation on an unrelated assault charge.
Capt. David Mohlis with the Waterloo Police Department said ballistics tests will be done on the guns to determine if they are linked to other ongoing investigations.
Tuesday’s shootings started shortly before 10 a.m. when 19-year-old Shavondes Shavez Martin was shot in the neck while he was inside 520 Elm St. The bullet missed vital areas, police said. He arrived at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital by private vehicle and was treated and released the same day.
Police said Martin declined to cooperate with the investigation.
Over the next few hours, shootings were reported at the intersection of West Second Street and Western Avenue and on Park View Boulevard near Frances Drive. No injuries were reported, but vehicles were struck by bullets at each location.
Mohlis said the Park View investigation led officers to a .22-caliber Mossberg handgun designed to look like an AR-15 pistol.
Harris was detained at the Park View scene, and witnesses described him as a victim. He was on foot at the time of the shooting, and witnesses said people in a white car were shooting in his direction. Another witness told police that a man outside had pulled a gun from his waistband and returned fire at the white car and ran to an apartment following the shooting, records state.
Court records state that the tires on Harris’s girlfriend’s car had been recently slashed, and Harris walked out to the vehicle Tuesday morning to call a tow truck. Harris told police he heard someone yell his name, and he looked up to see a man climbing out of a white car and shooting at him, court records state. He denied shooting back.
Police later search an apartment on Park View and found the .22-caliber weapon that police allege Harris owned, court records state.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, a car was pulled over for a defective brake light, and Anderson was a backseat passenger. Investigators informed the patrol officers that Anderson was being requested at the police station in connection with the shooting investigation. Anderson allegedly refused to leave his vehicle and then pulled away when officers attempted to handcuff him. Following the struggle, police found a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in his waistband, court records state.
A search of the Elm Street address, where Martin was injured, yielded a 9mm Glock pistol with a large magazine and a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, Mohlis said. No arrests have been made in connection with the weapons found at the home.