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Davenport Police: It's 'fortunate' no one died in parking ramp shooting

Davenport Police: It's 'fortunate' no one died in parking ramp shooting

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Surveillance footage captures the scene on the top deck of the Redstone parking lot early Sunday morning. Police found more than 80 bullet casings at the scene.

Video surveillance footage from the Redstone parking ramp show a large group of people gathered on the top deck of the ramp just before several dozen shots were fired Sunday.

No one is known to be injured, but the Figge Art Museum and the Skybridge were damaged by gunfire. Davenport Police found more than 80 spent casings at the scene.

Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, Police Chief Paul Sikorski and representatives from NAACP and Davenport Peace decried the situation during a news conference Monday afternoon.

"We're in a very fortunate situation, because I'm not telling you that a 20-year-old is dead, or a 12-year-old is dead, or a 14-year-old is dead," said Police Chief Paul Sikorski. "We're in a fortunate situation here. That's a mess down there, but it's an opportunity for us to take that exclamation point from that video and do something with it."

Rev. Dr. Melvin Grimes from the NAACP and Stephen Eckles from Davenport Peace spoke about the important role community members play in preventing gun violence, especially among youth. 

"We have to stand together, be together, and be the voice and the grit of this community," Eckles said.

The police department wants the community to help identify participants, Sikorski said. Those present refused to cooperate or tell officers who was involved. 

"We need to know who did this, because it's unacceptable in our community," Sikorski said. "We want to put a stop to this. If you can identify anybody in these videos, please call us."

Matson said he would seek help from the state and federal sources to address recent gun violence in Davenport.


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