Another day another shooting...
Police have charged a Cedar Rapids man with attempted murder after an early morning shooting Sunday in the parking lot of a troubled Iowa City nightspot.
Iowa City Police say Bernard James Butler, 18, shot Cortez Parker of Iowa City in the abdomen during a fight outside of Los Cocos Bar, at 1921 Keokuk St.
Parker, who turns 34 Monday, was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Officers first responded at 1:02 a.m. Sunday after several 911 callers reported shots fired in the bar’s parking lot. When they arrived on the scene, police say witnesses provided a description of the suspect who had fled south from the parking lot.
Once apprehended, police say Butler admitted to being at the bar and in a fight in the parking lot of Los Cocos. Police said one of the defendant’s shoes was located in another parking lot through which witnesses said he ran before police arrived. A shell casing also was located in the bar’s parking lot, police said.
This same bar has had numerous shootings, stabbings, and fights. One of the shootings that was a block away from our old house started at this bar.
We got a lot done on Dan's patio today. We were getting it about done and a storm blew in and chased us off. It has been SO damn hot here the last few days that it has been really bad working out there.