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IC Ped Mall Not Worried After Gunfire

IOWA CITY (CBS2/FOX28) -- Just a few days after Cedar Rapids had its 56th report of shots fired this year, matching the total for all of 2013 in just seven months, shots rang out in Iowa City. The person that police say fired the shots is in custody, but it still surprised some people and business owners nearby.

"You see flowers and families, the trees are blowing in the wind," said Myron Laban, explaining why he wouldn't think the Ped Mall would be a place where he would expect to hear gunshots.

But at 1:30 am Sunday, shots rang out in the middle of the Ped Mall. Christopher Martin had come back to Graze after he had already closed up to get his cell phone when he heard the popping of gunfire.

"I saw a woman pretty much in the fetal position right here," said Martin as he pointed to a bench outside Graze, where he is the Bar Manager. "I saw another two women and a gentleman holding each other crying hysterically."

No one was hurt.

Police say the person they believe is the shooter was arrested shortly after.

"The officers were right on the scene and it looked like every police officer in Iowa City was down here in a couple minutes," said Martin.

But it's still not a night that he'll soon forget.

"It was a pretty crazy thing to see because you never see something like that down here," said Martin.

That's why many of the people out less than a day layer say hearing about the gunfire is scary, but doesn't change much.

"I don't think that it'll deter me at all from coming downtown and just enjoying everything around it," said University of Iowa Junior Dylan Wiest.

Martin says he doesn't think one incident is going to put a dent into his or any other restaurant's bottom line.

A busy lunch crowd didn't seem to mind and neither does Dylan.

"I still think this is a great place and I hope this is an isolated incident so I can enjoy the rest of my years here that I have," said Wiest.

Business owners say they wouldn't mind seeing more police but they say there are already plenty who patrol at night. Businesses say that's why there were so many officers on the scene so quickly after the shots.

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