ICPD released a statement regarding the situation in the hours since the shooting. According to the release, police had responded to the Clock Tower Parking Ramp at the intersection of Iowa Avenue and North Gilbert Street at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday after nearby officers heard gunshots.It also stated that police had received calls that one man had been injured in the incident. The person was subsequently found with gunshot wounds and was treated by first responders before the Johnson County Ambulance Service took the individual to a nearby hospital to be treated for serious injuries. The statement makes no mention of a second injured individual.
Heefner’s car veered off the road, crossed the median into oncoming traffic and went into a ditch without being hit. Police found Heefner in the ditch.Now hospitalized, Nile Heefner said his son is not responding the way the family had hoped. The Heefners are waiting day-by-day to see if his condition improves.When the car passed Casey’s on Highway 6 heading toward Sycamore Street, Nile Heefner said ICPD believes a gunshot from the north side of the road struck him.Nile Heefner’s family lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, but their roots are in Iowa City. All three children were born at Mercy Hospital. They moved to Missouri when Gabe turned 8.
Heefner said the decision came as a surprise to him and his wife, Codi. In February, their son signed up and left for San Diego to go through boot camp, training and communication school. He graduated at the top of his class.Gabe Heefner was responding Sunday and Monday and even talked to his family, his father said. But his condition deteriorated and he stopped talking, only wiggling his toes, giving a thumbs-up and nodding his head in response to commands and questions.
“He’s a kid who just likes to be doing stuff and doesn’t like to sit still for long. He’s a bit of a risk-taker who always says he like to jump from high places,” he said.Nile Heefner said he and his family will have to discuss whether to hire a lawyer and pursue a civil case against the person who shot Gabe. Their primary concern is for his recovery.
Lance Cpl. Gabe Heefner was in critical condition at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Friday, a portion of his skull removed, while his family tries to make sense of what happened and police consider criminal charges against the “person of interest” believed to have fired the errant shot.
Gabe Heefner’s medical expenses will be taken care of by the U.S. government, according to his father, but the family has also been contacted by the Wounded Warrior Project and other groups that are willing to help.Nile Heefner said that the family was watching TV on Sunday evening when they received a 911 text and a phone call from an ICPD officer alerting them that Gabe had been in an accident.A ICPD news release Friday called the shooting unintentional and said there is no threat to public safety. No arrests have been made and no charges have been issued.In the coming days, Nile Heefner and his family are going to be logging many miles between St. Louis and Iowa City and he said he is glad people are willing to give support to them from both cities.
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Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Reach her at [email protected] or 319-519-9731. Follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.Police found an adult man on the sidewalk on the Iowa Avenue side of the parking ramp suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Iowa City Fire Department first responders and Johnson County Ambulance Service also responded, and the man was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police said.Alexander O. Voudhivong took a firearm from another person and used it to allegedly shoot the victim on May 13 without justification, according to a criminal complaint. Voudhivong then fled the scene of the crime near the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street and changed clothes nearby to allegedly disguise his identity.The Iowa City Fire Department, the Johnson County Ambulance Service, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Coralville Police Department also responded to the scene, according to the press release.Evan Saltz, a UI fourth-year student, was walking home from the library to his apartment near Court Street when he saw law enforcement with a gun on top of an apartment balcony above La Wine Bar & Restaurant and about a dozen police cars around the parking ramp.Iowa City Police Department officer Dan Biden shines a flashlight while detective Eric Nieland examines evidence after ICPD was called to the Court Street parking ramp for what started as a welfare check in downtown Iowa City on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. According to a UI Police affidavit, officers received a third-party report that a woman had been forced against her will to go to the bus station by her husband, who allegedly took her from a Cedar Rapids location on Sunday night. After police arrived, Cardale Hunter, 33, pulled out a gun and used the woman as a shield while holding her at gunpoint. According to the City of Iowa City press release, the situation was resolved after the man shot himself, but no other injuries have been reported. Hunter is in stable condition. Hunter is facing charges of second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, going armed with intent, domestic abuse while displaying a weapon, and child endangerment, according to a UI police release. Saltz stood in a group of about 10 people — mostly UI students — on Burlington Street and watched the incident unfold. At a certain point, Saltz said he and the other onlookers heard a gunshot from the parking ramp. During the incident, Saltz said he felt safe. Iowa City Police officers were responding to a welfare check at the bus depot at 2 p.m. when the incident began, according to a press release from the City of Iowa City. The release states the officers received word that the man was “possibly armed and that a woman and children were involved.”Law enforcement officers then entered the parking garage and climbed to the fourth floor. After about 10 minutes, law enforcement exited the building with a person on a stretcher. The stretcher was placed in a Johnson County ambulance, which went west on Burlington Street. “The police came in just to make sure that the doors were secured to make sure that everybody’s safe but other than that police mostly just left us alone because they were dealing with the issues in the parking garage,” Canny said. “Shortly after things resolved, we did see a gentleman with a very large gun walking past. We’re assuming it was a sniper.” A video posted on the UI Class of 2026 Snapchat group from the nearby Edge apartment complex contains audio from above the parking garage of a man yelling, “She’s free to go, I’m going to kill myself,” followed by the sound of a gunshot.
“I know they had a guy [around the corner] with the AR. They had guys up [above Estela’s] with rifles and they had guys in [the Edge] balcony with rifles,” Curtis said. “…We didn’t hear any gunshots but we had the building owner and the [Element] hotel manager took a couple of cops back and forth through here up to the parking garage.”Both Estela’s Fresh Mex and the Element Hotel declined to speak with DI reporters about the incident. Sara Canny, Bookkeeper at the Hilton Garden Inn which is connected to the parking garage, said police told the workers to lock down the hotel. When officers arrived on the scene, they were met with a man, a woman, and children who were inside the depot. When the man saw Iowa City police officers, he made “threatening comments and fled with the woman into the parking ramp.” The DI accessed the area around the crime scene, which was located on the fourth floor of the parking ramp. Police conducted a 3D scan of the area which contained two trucks and a blue tarp, but little evidence of what had occurred less than an hour earlier could be seen by reporters. Additionally, law enforcement on the scene directed those located in the Voxman Music Building to shelter in place due to the incident at the parking ramp, UI police reported. “Despite efforts to de-escalate the situation by crisis negotiators, the man shot himself. Aid was immediately rendered at the scene and the man was taken via ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. The man is in stable condition and no other injuries were reported,” the release states.Michael Keough, a UI third-year student, was heading with a friend to his brother’s apartment at The Edge apartment building but was stopped by police.Law enforcement surrounded the area of the ramp quickly, establishing a one-block perimeter and ordering nearby locations, including the Voxman Music Building, the Element, the Hilton Garden Inn, Chase Bank, and Unimpaired Dry Bar to go on lockdown. Local fire officials directed traffic and pedestrians away from the area. At 2:17 p.m., UI police reported that first responders were on the scene and asked citizens to avoid the area. Police set up in apartments directly across from the Court Street Parking Ramp, including ones located above Estela’s Fresh Mex. Additionally, officers with various guns camped around the side of the Unimpaired Dry Bar and Estela’s Fresh Mex.IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – Law enforcement officials were investigating an incident involving multiple gunshots being fired on Sunday morning, resulting in an injury to one person. Iowa City Police said that they were able to locate evidence that suggests “several people” were involved in the incident. One adult male was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries which officers described as non-life-threatening.At around 1:30 a.m., the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a Hawk Alert for a report of multiple shots that were fired near the Old Capitol parking ramp, located between Clinton and Capitol Streets.