Man expected to recover after late-night shooting in Cedar Rapids

One of three suspects displayed a 'long gun'

Jeff Raasch
Published: January 4 2013 | 8:00 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 9:33 am in
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A man is expected to recover after he was shot Thursday night in Cedar Rapids.

Officers responded around 10:14 p.m. to 720 1/2 Fourth Ave. SE and found a man who had been shot once in the left arm. The man, identified as 35-year-old Joshua Spears of Cedar Rapids, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and later transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Investigators determined three men, two black and one white, entered Spears' apartment through an unlocked door, and one of the men displayed a rifle or a shotgun. Some words were exchanged and Spears was shot. The three suspects then fled the area.

Police believe Spears was targeted, but are unsure about all the circumstances involved.

It was the first shooting of the year in Cedar Rapids after a sharp spike in gunfire in 2012.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or send a text message to CRIMES (274637) with 5227 in the subject or message area, along with the tip. Reward money is available if the information leads to an arrest.

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