Two charged in December Coralville shooting

Two charged in December Coralville shooting
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01/12/18

Two people have been arrested in a December shooting in Coralville.

Police on Thursday arrested 21-year-old Markez Fox on multiple outstanding warrants out of both Johnson and Linn counties. Fox, whose address is listed as unknown, was arrested at a home in the 500 block of 7th Avenue, where police say they also found 2 one-gram baggies of marijuana and a scale.

Police say Fox was involved in another incident at the same address on Dec. 23. Early that morning, Fox, 19-year-old Artquon Kirksey of 6th Avenue in Coralville, and another, unnamed person met with the victim to conduct "a transaction." But police say after a discussion the "transaction" did not occur and the victim got into a vehicle to leave.

That's when the unknown person allegedly fired one round from a handgun into the vehicle, striking the victim in the arm and chest. Police say the other three men then got into the vehicle and Kirksey drove them away from the scene.

Police say the victim and two other witnesses named Fox as being involved.

Fox is charged with 1st Degree Robbery in the December incident and a Controlled Substance Violation for Thursday's arrest. Those charges carry a combined maximum of 30 years in jail. He had also been wanted for failing to appear at a sentencing hearing on a Voluntary Absence charge and for failing to go to a pretrial conference on a previous 1st Degree Burglary charge. Those charges carry an additional 26 years in prison.

Kirksey, who faces charges in multiple other incidents, was arrested on Friday morning on one count of 1st Degree Robbery, a class B felony carrying up to 25 years in prison.
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