Iowa City police name shooting suspect


The juvenile who allegedlyshot a gun on the Pedestrian Mall on Sunday has been named.

Eldra Jennings Jr., 17, was charged with reckless use of a firearm, carrying weapons, going armed with intent, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

On Sunday at 1:37 a.m., police officers on foot on the Pedestrian Mall heard the sound of gunshots.

According to an Iowa City police press release, when Jennings was taken into custody, a handgun was found in his possession. Jennings was not from Iowa City and felt threatened by another group, the police release said.

Shots were fired in the air by Jennings to frighten the other group, the release said.

An investigation by the Iowa City police determined that Jennings was the lone shooter, and they are no longer seeking a second suspect.

Jennings was an escapee from the Eldora State Training School for Boys and was wanted on a nationwide warrant.

The Sunday morning shooting marks the second reported shooting in downtown Iowa City since November 2012.

Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek said in a statement Monday that the City Council is committed to ensuring the downtown is safe at all times, as are the police.

“I know our Police Department will handle this incident swiftly and professionally,” Hayek said.

“Reckless, criminal behavior like this will not be tolerated, whether downtown or in any other neighborhood of Iowa City.”

Reckless use of a firearm is a simple misdemeanor, carrying weapons is an aggravated misdemeanor, going armed with intent is a Class-D felony, and intimidation with a dangerous weapon is a Class-C felony.

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