UPDATE: Police ID those killed in Cedar Rapids shooting

2014-02-24T15:15:00Z 2014-02-24T15:24:44Z UPDATE: Police ID those killed in Cedar Rapids shooting Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
February 24, 2014 3:15 pm

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police have released the name of two people killed in a shooting at an apartment complex parking lot.

Police on Monday said LuElla Koopman, 52, died Friday when she was shot by Dennis Lee Koopman, 54, who then killed himself.

The Koopmans were married, but investigators believe they were in the process of a divorce.

Police say Dennis Koopman either followed his wife to the residence or waited for her arrival. Investigators say he then blocked in her vehicle before getting out of his vehicle, yelling something and opening fire with a long gun.

LuElla Koopman was struck multiple times and died.

Her husband then used the long gun to kill himself.


Feb. 22: Murder-suicide investigated in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Police are investigating a murder-suicide in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Police were called to the 6100 block of Dean Road SW at about 4:40 p.m. after a 911 caller reported two shooting victims in a parking lot outside of a multi-family dwelling.

An adult male and adult female were dead. The names and ages of the shooting victims are not going to be released until Monday morning, police said.

“Based on preliminary information, investigators believe this is a domestic-related situation involving a murder-suicide and that the public is not at risk,” police said in a news release.

A neighbor standing near the scene Friday night said he heard shots between 3 and 4 p.m. Friday.

“I heard it, it sounded like fireworks – it was a consistent 10 or 12 rounds,” said Tristan Hermanson, 24, who has lived in the condominium complex for a year and two months. “It was like ‘pow, pow, pow,’ at least a dozen rounds went off and then police and ambulances and fire trucks came running up.”

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