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Cardboard covers where a gunshot put out the window at the Octopus bar on College Hill.

CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls police are asking for the public’s help in solving a double shooting early New Year’s morning in the College Hill area.

Two Waterloo teenagers were wounded when a person fired shots into a crowd in the 2200 block of College Street about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Corey Jermaine Dunn Jr., 18, and Sincere Lanae Jones, 18, were struck by bullets early Tuesday morning. 

One person was shot in the hand, and another was shot in the foot. The window of the Octopus bar, 2205 College St., and a vehicle also were hit by gunfire. One person was taken to the hospital by ambulance and a second went to the hospital by private vehicle.

Police said the shooting took place outside on College Street, which is only a short distance from the University of Northern Iowa campus.

“One of the officers out there heard gunfire, went toward the scene and heard multiple shots,” said Police Chief Jeff Olson.

Police said someone fired several shots from a handgun into a crowd of people. The Cedar Falls officer on the scene ran after the shooter, but lost the person in a neighborhood around College Hill.

“The individual had quite a head start,” Olson said.

No one has yet been apprehended.

“One of the individuals involved has a connection to gang members in the local metro area,” Olson said.

Police continue looking for the shooter. Police encourage anyone who witnessed or has footage of the incident to come forward.

“If anyone happens to have pictures from their cell phones at anytime around that (scene), we’d like to take at look at that,” Olson said.

UNI students are on winter break until Jan. 14.

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