CEDAR FALLS — One person was killed in a shooting at a downtown Cedar Falls apartment Wednesday night.
Police were called to a report of gunfire at an apartment over businesses in the 100 block of Main Street around 9:30 p.m.
One man with gunshot wounds was pronounced dead at the scene. The assailant or assailants fled before police arrived.
The identity of the deceased hasn’t been released.
Investigators blocked off the entire parking lot behind the businesses and wrapped crime scene tape around the entrance to Los Cabos restaurant.
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The fatal downtown shooting happened less than 24 hours before tonight's Jingle and Mingle, a downtown shopping event from 5-8 p.m. that also features horse-drawn trolley rides and Santa's Workshop.
It was the second shooting in Cedar Falls in 2019. A double shooting early New Year’s morning in the College Hill area left two Waterloo teenagers wounded when a person fired shots into a crowd in the 2200 block of College Street.
One person was shot in the hand, and another was shot in the foot. Police said one of the individuals involved in the shooting had a connection to gang members in the metro area.
The issue of crime was part of recent City Council and mayoral debates leading up to November’s election. Some candidates supported expanding the use of surveillance cameras to aid police as long as they are placed in public areas.
That support came in part in reaction to an Aug. 10 fight on College Hill which resulted in 10 arrests.
That melee drew more than a dozen people in the 2200 block of College Street. No injuries were reported.
Courier staff writer Amie Rivers contributed to this report.