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Shooting in Parking Lot of Iowa Smoke Shop, 70 Kirkwood Court SW

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Police officers received reports of a shooting incident that occurred in the Iowa Smoke Shop parking lot at 70 Kirkwood Court SW shortly after 1:20 a.m. Saturday.  Officers arrived on scene and found three victims that had sustained life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims have been pronounced deceased.

A short time later, police officers were notified that an additional victim with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital.  The victim’s injuries are considered life-threatening.  The victim is believed to have been transported by private vehicle from the scene of the shooting at 70 Kirkwood Court SW.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that the victims were in a vehicle in the Iowa Smoke Shop parking lot.  An individual approached the vehicle and multiple shots were fired into the vehicle.

There is an active, ongoing investigation.  At this time, it appears that this was a targeted attack and is not related to an earlier shooting that was reported in the 100 block of 29th Street Drive SE.

Anyone with information about the shooting incident at 70 Kirkwood Court SW is encouraged to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Road Closure - Church Street - Iowa City

IOWA CITY --  Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Church Street will be closed to through traffic between Lucas Street and Governor Street.  This closure is necessary to facilitate pavement patching and asphalt resurfacing on Governor Street.  It is anticipated work will be completed and normal traffic will resume by late afternoon on May 14th

Motorists are to take note of this construction work and seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in all construction areas.

Traffic Alert - Gilbert Street - Iowa City

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, northbound traffic on Gilbert Street will be reduced to one lane between Second Street and Kirkwood Avenue.  This lane reduction will facilitate work on a water service line in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Thursday, May 16th.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, be cautious when traveling in construction areas.

Road Construction on East Post Road

LINN COUNTY, IA – Road construction is scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 15 on East Post Road between Fox Meadow Drive and Cottage Grove Woods. The asphalt paving project is expected to last 3-4 weeks. 

The road will remain open during construction and traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car. Drivers should expect delays. There will not be a posted detour for this project and traffic is encouraged to find an alternate route.

Traffic Control for Benz Beerfest - Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Benz Beverage Depot will be holding their 15th Annual Beerfest, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. The following streets will be closed for the event:

  • 17th Avenue SE from 5th Street to 6th Street
  • 5th Street SE from 7th Avenue to the alley south of 7th Street

For additional information on the Beerfest, please visit Benz Beverage Depot website at