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Cedar Rapids shooting suspect who'd been released in error surrenders at jail


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A suspect in a Cedar Rapids shooting who'd been released in error soon afterward is back in custody.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Brandon Gordon, 18, surrendered at the county jail around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Gordon is being held on $500,000 bail and is expected to be in court on Wednesday morning.

Gordon, of Marion, is accused of firing several shots into a sport utility vehicle at a gas station in Cedar Rapids on Friday. The gunfire missed Rodney Burt, 19, but struck the vehicle's other occupant, 18-year-old Kirsten Meyer, who was hospitalized.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said Gordon should not have been allowed to post bond Saturday before ever appearing in front of a judge. Gordon is charged in the attempted murder of Burt, going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury causing serious injury for Meyer's shooting.

The sheriff said Gordon should have been ineligible to post bond before seeing a judge because those crimes are forcible felonies. But he said his office's bond computer system had incorrect coding information that allowed suspects charged with those offenses to post bonds. That coding has since been corrected.

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