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Man sought after firing gun into Ames McDonald’s, allegedly attempting to murder person

AMES – Police in Ames say a Cedar Rapids man tried to murder a person at a McDonald’s restaurant Sunday night by firing a gun at the establishment.

On January 26, 2020, at 10:47 p.m., the Ames Police Department received a report of a person with a gun at McDonald’s at 129 S. Duff Avenue. When officers arrived, they found damage to a window, which was consistent with the discharge of a firearm. According to the victims and a witness, the suspect, whom was known to one of the victims, entered McDonald’s and then left a short time later. The suspect got into a red car and parked near the customer seating area. The suspect displayed a shotgun and fired one round towards a male and female inside McDonald’s. The suspect fled the area in the red car and was last seen southbound on S. Sherman Avenue. The victims were not injured.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as Demarcus T. Stokes, age 20, of Cedar Rapids. An arrest warrant has been issued for the following offense:

• Attempted Murder, a class “B” felony

The red car was recovered this morning in rural Story County. Stokes may be traveling in a gray 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, bearing Iowa license plate GNP480. Stokes should be considered armed and dangerous.

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