UPDATE: Today, Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown and Cedar Falls Police will be meeting with College Hill businesses. The meeting comes after a shooting on New Year’s day.
KWWL will have a crew covering the meeting this afternoon, and will have continuing coverage throughout the day.
Security and crime prevention have suddenly emerged as key concerns in the College Hill area of Cedar Falls.
As a result of the New Year’s Day shooting on ‘The Hill,’ Cedar Falls Mayor, Jim Brown, and Cedar Falls Police will meet with College Hill business owners and managers next Wednesday.
Security, crime prevention, and lighting will be among the topics.
The College Hill area is one of the city’s most popular venues and is generally viewed as quite safe. It’s the area
along College Street, north of West 22nd, very near the UNI campus.
A shooting early New Year’s Day wounded two people, when a man with a handgun opened fire on a crowd in the street in the 2200 block of College Street. The gunman fired numerous shots into the crowd and then took off running.
It could have a monumental tragedy, but the two 18-year old victims, Sincere Lanae Jones and Corey Dunn, Junior, suffered only minor gunshot wounds. One was hit in the foot and the other in the hand. They are both recovering.
No one else was wounded, but, bullets also struck a parked car and the front door of The Octopus Bar. The shooting happened right around bar closing time on The Hill.
The unidentified gunman ran from the scene. A Cedar Falls Police officer chased the suspect, but the man had a huge head start and the officer could not reach him. The gunman remains a fugitive.
Police Chief, Jeff Olson, says “One of the individuals involved has a connection to gang members in the local metro area.”
Late Thursday afternoon, the City released a statement concerning next week’s meeting. It reads,
The Cedar Falls Mayor and police administration are meeting with College Hill businesses Wednesday, January 9th to discuss security and crime prevention efforts. Late night activity on College Hill occasionally brings about criminal activity including a recent shooting. City officials and late night business owners will discuss improved methods of security and what joint efforts business owners and police can do together to prevent crime and to apprehend those who commit those crimes.City officials are also reviewing street and parking lot lighting; and improved camera usage in the College Hill area. The City is committed to doing their part in assuring that the Cedar Falls crime rate remains one of the lowest in the state.
City officials will hold a similar meeting with Downtown businesses in the near future.
Public Safety Director/Police Chief
KWWL will continue to follow this developing story. Again, the shooting suspect remains at large, but Cedar Falls Police do not believe the shooting was a random event, especially given the gunman’s alleged ties to local gang activity.