UPDATE 11-23-16: Police released the name of the victim who died in one of several shootings in the city. Breion Isiah Combs, 28, of Chicago was found slumped in a car in the area of Gunnison and Aetna on Nov. 22, 2016. Police say an autopsy is being performed at University Hospitals in Iowa City to determine cause of death. Police are still trying to determine the person responsible for the homicide.
UPDATE 11-22-16: Burlington Police have made three arrests in connection to the shooting that took place on the 400 block of South Garfield. The three men have been transported to the Des Moines County Jail where they will await a morning court appearance.
Holland Joeseph Ewing, 27, from Chicago, Illinois, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. A class C felony. He has a $10,000 bond.
Dontis A. Davis, 27, from Matteson, Illinois, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. A class C felony. He has a $10,000 bond.
Gilbert Lee Ellis, 29, from Chicago, Illinois was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. A class C felony. He has a $10,000 bond.
BURLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) – One person is dead and police have identified at least one suspect in connection with several shootings that forced the lockdown of schools on Tues. Nov. 22, 2016. The first incident actually happened the night before, when police responded to a report of a man being shot in the 2,100 block of Williams St. around 11:18 p.m. on November 21st. Police say Donald Hunt, age 23, of Burlington was found shot in the lower body. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated. Detectives have identified a suspect in Hunt’s case and are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant.
Then at 9:48 a.m., Nov, 22, 2016, officers were sent to the area of Market and Gunnison on the report of shots fired. At the same time, police found a male slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the area of Aetna and Gunnison with a gunshot wound. That person was pronounced dead at the scene and his death is classified as a homicide. The victim’s name has not been released.
While officers were on the scene, they heard multiple gunshots approximately one block to the west. They discovered that a home in the 400 block of S. Garfield had multiple gunshots and the suspects fled. A short time later, police were notified that a male showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body. That man has been identified as James Griffin, age 35, Chicago. He was air-lifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City for further treatment of his wounds.
Investigators learned the suspect vehicle in the S. Garfield shooting had fled south from the scene. The vehicle was spotted by Des Moines County Deputies who pursued it. The vehicle came to a stop in the area of Summer and Grove. One person in the vehicle and was detained. Two other occupants were detained at separate locations, attempting to leave the area. Those three men are being questioned. Investigators have recovered multiple firearms in these cases and are actively working to bring these cases to resolution.
During the pursuit, police suggested that schools be placed on lockdown as a precaution. The lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m.
Police say they do not have any indication that these were random acts. They believe the victims and assailants were acquainted.
Anyone with information relating to these cases is urged to contact the Burlington Police Department at 319 753 8366 or the Burlington Area Crime Stoppers at 319 753 6835.