Two dead, 10 hospitalized after nighttime shooting at Iowa nightclub

A community in Iowa has been hit by a weekend of violence after a gunman opened fire on a downtown nightclub and an officer’s home was riddled with bullets in what the investigators call it a “targeted attack”.

Police say two people were killed and 10 injured after shots were fired at the Taboo nightclub and lounge in downtown Cedar Rapids around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Several people were transported to area hospitals for treatment, police confirmed. KWWL. Their conditions remain unknown.

Cedar Rapids police say there is no continued threat to the public, but crime scene officials remain at the scene while they investigate.

It is not known if the shooter has been apprehended. The department did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Local police are also investigating a ‘targeted’ shooting at the home of an off-duty officer, which authorities say was an ‘act of intimidation and violence’.

Two people were killed and 10 injured after shots were fired at an Iowa nightclub early Sunday morning

The incident happened around 1:27 a.m. at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge in downtown Cedar Rapids

The incident happened around 1:27 a.m. at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge in downtown Cedar Rapids

The violent weekend began on Friday evening when several shots were fired at a home in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood around 11:30 p.m.

Police say the shooting was an apparent targeted attack on an off-duty officer.

Although no injuries were reported, the officer’s house, garage and car were riddled with bullets.

Police are actively working to locate the suspects responsible for the attack, which Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman called an “extremely serious incident.”

“Evidence indicates this was a targeted shooting of a sworn peace officer. It was deliberate. It was an act of intimidation and violence and we will not tolerate it. We pursue all gunfire incidents as serious and senseless actions and as such receive our full attention throughout the legal process. jerman said KWWL.

“Now is the time for anyone with knowledge of this incident to come forward and help ensure this violence ends now.”

Cedar Rapid police are investigating two shootings that occurred over the weekend

Cedar Rapid police are investigating two shootings that occurred over the weekend

Cedar Rapids Police are also investigating a

Cedar Rapids Police are also investigating a “targeted” shooting at the home of an off-duty officer in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. Several shots were fired in the officer’s house, garage and car around 11:30 p.m. Friday

Violence hit the city again at 1.27am on Sunday after at least 12 people were shot dead at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge

Violence hit the city again at 1.27am on Sunday after at least 12 people were shot dead at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge

Violence hit the city again at 1.27am on Sunday after at least 12 people were shot dead at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge.

The preliminary investigation revealed that bullets had probably been fired from the entrance to the club.

Little is known about the shooting so far, but it appears the incident happened during the bar’s 90s themed party.

According to the club’s Instagram account, the lounge was hosting an event called “The Return of the Mac” featuring a 90s costume contest.

The club required a $10 cover for admission and promoted bottle service and birthday packages.

Taboo did not comment on the shooting and deleted his Facebook account shortly after the incident.

Police said the two shootings over the weekend are still under investigation. Officials did not suggest they were connected.

The preliminary investigation revealed that bullets were probably fired from the entrance to the club

The preliminary investigation revealed that bullets were probably fired from the entrance to the club

The incident happened during the club's 90s-themed event

The incident happened during the club’s 90s-themed event

Pictured is the interior of Taboo and Louge nightclub

Pictured is the interior of Taboo and Louge nightclub

Cedar Rapids, home to about 132,000 residents, according to recent census data, has seen an increase in violent crime over the past five years.

Comparing the last five years, in 2021 the city saw an overall increase of 16.27% in violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, sexual offenses or rape, robbery and assault serious.

Homicides saw a decline last year with only 7 cases. There were 11 homicides in 2020.

Sexual offenses and reports of rape fell from an average of 29 to 11 in 2021, which authorities attributed to COVID-19 distancing protocols.

The city also saw a significant drop in theft to 41%. 63 were reported in 2021 compared to the five-year average of 106.

Aggravated assaults saw a year-over-year decline from 83 to 63 in 2021, but an increase of nearly 17% from the five-year average. Aggravated assaults with a weapon increased from 110 in 2020 to 160 in 2021.

Property crimes are down from 2020 and the five-year average.

The city has also reported an increase in domestic violence, echoing pandemic trends nationwide.

Jerman, addressing KCRG after the release of 2021 crime data in January, said the rise in violent crime was “concerning”.

Cedar Rapids has seen an increase in violent crime over the past five years.  The city recorded an overall increase of 16.27% in 2021

Cedar Rapids has seen an increase in violent crime over the past five years. The city recorded an overall increase of 16.27% in 2021

Jerry C. Greiner