Iowa City Ped Mall shooting leaves one injured

One man was arrested following a shooting that injured one person in the downtown Iowa City Ped Mall around bar close Sunday morning.

Around 1:58 a.m., an Iowa City Police officer saw people running near the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Streets. Police said there appeared to have been an altercation and learned that at least one person had a handgun. Another officer saw a man matching that description nearby holding a handgun, according to a press release from the Iowa City Police Department.

Ped Mall
Photo by Alan Light

Officers attempted to approach the person, later identified as Demontrae Lavell Poole, 19, who took off running, ignoring officers’ commands to stop. Poole continued running through the Ped Mall, which at the time was filled with hundreds of people leaving the downtown bars.

When Poole was caught near the intersection of College and Linn Streets, he no longer had the gun on him. Officers ordered everyone to leave the Ped Mall while they searched for the gun, but were unable to locate weapon.

An Iowa City police officer sustained minor injuries during the pursuit.

Officers received information that a person with a gunshot wound had arrived at the University of Iowa Emergency Trauma Center. The hospital was placed on lockdown after several agitated people associated with the victim showed up.

The victim is currently being treated at the hospital. The wound is believed to be non-life threatening, according to the police report.

Poole, of Cedar Rapids, was charged with three Class D felonies, including interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with the intent to deliver and a drug tax stamp violation. He was also charged with carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor and interference with official acts causing injury to an officer, a serious misdemeanor.

The incident is still under investigation and additional charges are possible. Police reported that it is possible that additional shots were fired.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). Police are offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to any additional arrests. Callers to CrimeStoppers are held in strict confidence and do not need to reveal their identity to receive the reward.

The University of Iowa Police Department assisted Iowa City police with the investigation.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!


July 2020 marks Little Village’s 19th anniversary. With our community of readers alongside us, we’ll be ready for what the next 19 have in store.



$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.