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2 more face charges linked to shooting near Kirkwood

Former Kirkwood student injured

By Communique staff
On April 26, 2012


Two more people have been charged in connection with an incident April 20 near Kirkwood Community College that resulted in three people being shot, including former Kirkwood student Shannon Gaskins.

One of the shooting victims, 24-year-old Raymond Sellers of Chicago, was charged Thursday, along with Shantres Johnson, 21, of Cedar Rapids. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, each faces two charges of attempted murder and two charges of willful injury. The Gazette said Sellers was charged with first-degree robbery and Johnson with first-degree robbery and/or aiding and abetting a robbery.

The two were arrested Wednesday, The Gazette said.

On Monday, Cedar Rapids police arrested Teran Huff, 25, of Des Moines. He was charged Tuesday with one count of two counts of willful injury, two counts of attempted murder and first-degree robbery. 

Huff, Sellers and Johnson are in the Linn County Jail.

Gaskins, 21, attended Kirkwood in fall 2010 and summer 2011, according to information released by Kirkwood.

Gaskins, Sellers  and Alexander White, 22, of Cedar Rapids, were shot in Gaskins' apartment, 311 Kirkwood Ct. SW No. 1, Cedar Rapids police said. The apartment is near the north entrance to Kirkwood's campus.

Police said they received a call about 12:39 p.m. Friday from 311 Kirkwood Ct. SW No. 1 saying that two people had been shot. Police responding to the call found Gaskins and White in the apartment. The two had been shot in the torso and were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.  Gaskins was transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Shortly after police arrived at the apartment, Sellers arrived at Mercy in a personal vehicle, according to police. 

An investigation has determined that Sellers was shot in Gaskins' apartment, police said.

On Friday all three were listed in critical condition. Their present conditions have not been released.

Melissa Jensen, emergency services director at Kirkwood, emphasized that the shootings did not occur on the Kirkwood campus and that the apartment complex where the shootings occurred is privately owned.

Kirkwood Community College, Four Oaks and Prairie High School went on lockdown after the shooting was reported.

Jensen said Cedar Rapids police notified Kirkwood "very quickly" after the shooting and advised the college to lock down. 

She said a Kirkwood Alert lockdown message was sent out at 12:53 p.m. It advised: "Secure your classroom/office immediately. Await further directions."  A follow-up message was sent at 1:32 p.m., continuing the lockdown.  At 1:45 p.m. the lockdown was canceled, with an alert saying "police report suspects in shooting have left area."

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