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Police: Fatal shooting in Waterloo wasn't random

Police: Fatal shooting in Waterloo wasn't random

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WATERLOO, Iowa --- Police continue to investigate a Sunday morning shooting that claimed the life of a Waterloo man.

Shantorio Vashawn Evans, 22, was a passenger in a minivan that was traveling on Broadway Street at about 2 a.m. when someone in a passing car opened fire. Evans later died at Allen Hospital.

No arrests have been made, but police said they don’t suspect Evans was targeted at random.

Capt. Tim Pillick said no one else in the minivan was injured.

He said investigators are still trying to piece together the details from earlier in the evening and are interviewing a number of witnesses.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the slaying.

Meanwhile, friends and family said they are still without answers.

A vigil and support rally in honor of Evans is scheduled for Tuesday night at Payne AME Church, 1044 Mobile St. The event will be 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4333, ext. 3222; or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477).


Earlier: Police investigate fatal shooting

1 p.m. Sunday - WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo man was shot and killed early Sunday after going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Police said Shantorio Vashawn Evans, 22, was in a minivan at about 2 a.m. when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire, striking him multiple times.

Those who knew Evans said they are baffled by his violent death.

“We don’t know what happened. All we know is we got a call, and when we got to the hospital, the doctor said he was gone,” said Hollis Swington, Evans’s stepfather.

“He has a daughter that loves him, he has a mother that loves him. He was a good kid,” Swington said.

Friends and family began gathering at his home as the sun rose Sunday, comforting each other and trying to piece together the tragedy.

“He was probably one of the funniest guys I knew,” said friend Ramell Robinson, recounting how Evans would always call him at 5 a.m. to go to work.

Evans worked for Labor Ready, picking up temporary construction jobs and similar gigs. It was hard work for $7.25 an hour, Ramell Robinson said.

Swington said Evans worked on the Covenant Medical Center expansion and had assignments at Crystal Ice.

“Whatever they needed, he’d do it,” Swington said. “I’d get up and go to work, and he’d get up and go to work.”

Evans also cared for his 4-year-old daughter, Shantoriana, said Ramell Robinson. Another friend, Ramell Robinson’s brother, Taras Robinson, said Evans was book smart and loyal.

When he was younger, Evans had a brush with the law, shooting at an occupied car when he was 18 in 2008.

Relatives said Evans had put his life back together after that.

“He was trying to do the right thing,” Swington said. “He said he’d do good. He kept his word.”

He said Evans was usually too busy to go out but found time Saturday night to go out with his brother, a friend and the friend’s girlfriend to celebrate a birthday.

“They had a nice time, there were no problems,” Swington said.

That changed at about at about 2 a.m. the group was headed west in the 1600 block of Broadway Street, police said. Evans was a passenger in the van, and another vehicle pulled up beside it. Someone in the other vehicle began shooting.

Authorities learned of the attack when Evans showed up at the Allen Hospital emergency room with gunshot wounds at about 2:12 a.m.

Doctors worked to treat what was described as multiple bullet wounds, but Evans later died at the hospital, police said. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the official cause of death.

Authorities blocked off a large section of Broadway Street overnight, and investigators returned to the area later in the day to search for more evidence and document the scene.



Earlier: Early morning slaying reported in Waterloo

9 a.m. Sunday - WATERLOO, Iowa — Police are investigating an early morning slaying in Waterloo.

Authorities said the victim was riding in a vehicle early Sunday morning when someone in the passing vehicle opened fire, striking him multiple times.

The victim was identified as Shantorio Vashawn Evans, 22, of Waterloo.

No arrests have been made.

The shooting happened at about 2 a.m. in the 1600 block of Broadway Street. Police said Evans was a passenger in the vehicle that was headed west when the suspect’s vehicle pulled up beside his, and shot were fired.

Evans was driven to Allen Hospital were he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds but later died. An autopsy has been scheduled for Evans, according to the police department.


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