Davenport police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man after a shooting at a duplex on West 17th Street. And there may be a connection to the report of a second shooting in which another man was wounded.

Police say 20-year-old Demetrius Dawan Lewis Jr. died Monday after being taken from the duplex at 426 W. 17th St. to Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Police Chief Frank Donchez said Monday afternoon there were no suspects in the shooting, but authorities said Monday night that “many leads” are being pursued and the investigation is progressing.

Shortly after police were called to the West 17th Street address, 25-year-old Louis Warren Jr. came to the emergency room at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Police say Warren said he was shot near the intersection of West 6th and Taylor streets.

Authorities said in a news release late Monday that they are investigating whether “the two reports are related or connected or part of the same incident.”

Warren was in fair condition Monday afternoon, according to police. But later they said he was released from the hospital at his own request.

A few hours after the shooting, friends and relatives of Lewis watched as police went into and out of the duplex.

Vanessa Jones, who identified herself as Lewis’ cousin, said she got a call from a relative shortly after the incident.

“They said some dudes kicked the door down and came in shooting,” Jones said. She said Lewis was visiting his cousin at the duplex.

Lerita Clay, who said she had known Lewis since he was little, called him a “wonderful kid” who liked to hang out with neighborhood children.

“Two days ago, he was playing football with my kids. Now he’s gone. Ain’t that crazy,” Clay said. “He just liked kicking it with the kids.”

Neighbors said it is normally a quiet area, although one person said there was a drive-by shooting on nearby Scott Street over the summer.


Police investigate shooting in Davenport

EARLIER STORY: Davenport police are investigating a death this afternoon after responding to a shooting at a duplex at 426 W. 17th St.

Police Chief Frank Donchez said authorites are in the early stages of the investigation, and there are no suspects in the incident. But a 20-year-old man is dead.

Authorities also are investigating whether a second shooting might be linked. A man showed up at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport, this afternoon with a gunshot wound he said occurred in the area of West 6th and Taylor streets. The 25-year-old man’s injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

On West 17th Street, Vanessa Jones said she got a call from a relative shortly after the incident.

“They said some dudes kicked the door down and came in shooting,” Jones said.

Donchez wasn’t identifying the deceased this afternoon, and he declined to say whether there were any witnesses. Jones said the man who died was visiting the duplex.

The report of shots occurred at 12:43 p.m.

This afternoon, a steady stream of cars went by the duplex, as police went in and out of two entrances to the building.

Neighbors said it is normally a quiet area, although one said there was a drive-by shooting on nearby Scott Street over the summer.

Lerita Clay, who said she knows the person who died, said he wasn’t a troublemaker but liked to hang out with neighbor kids.

“Two days ago, he was playing football with my kids. Now he’s gone. Ain’t that crazy,” Clay said. “He just liked kicking it with the kids.”


EARLIER STORY

Times staff at 3:42 p.m.

Davenport police are investigating a shooting today at a duplex at 426 W. 17th St., Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez said. The chief said a death is involved.

Further details will be reported when available.

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