The 22-year-old Moline man who was found dead from gunshot wounds in a van behind Moline City Hall Wednesday morning has been identified as Corey A. Harrell Jr., Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson confirmed Thursday.
An autopsy will be held today, Gustafson said.
Moline police officers responded to a report of shots fired at 10:09 a.m. at 16th Street and 7th Avenue, Detective Michael Griffin said Wednesday.
He and other officers inside the police department, which is across the street from City Hall, heard multiple shots being fired.
Griffin said it appears the incident, which involved the Harrell’s silver van and a small, black SUV, began at 23rd Street and River Drive, and that shots were fired from the SUV.
He did not know whether the Harrell returned fire or whether he had a gun. The vehicles then drove a short distance on River Drive, then to 19th Street and down to 7th Avenue.
Griffin believes Harrell was alone in the van.
Police said Wednesday that they are looking for the SUV, which they said contained two to three males who were possibly wearing Halloween masks.
This story will be updated.
UPDATE: The 22-year-old who was fatally shot Wednesday in downtown Moline was identified Thursday morning as Corey Harrell Jr., of Moline, by Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.
MOLINE — A 22-year-old Moline man was found dead from gunshot wounds in a van behind Moline City Hall late Wednesday morning.
Moline Police Detective Mike Griffin said the case is being investigated as a homicide. No suspects were in custody as of Wednesday afternoon, but police say they are looking for a small, black SUV that had two to three men inside, possibly wearing Halloween masks.
Griffin said the shooting appears to be a targeted incident, and there is no threat to the public. But he also called the fatal shooting a tragedy.
“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “You have a 22-year-old kid, you know, he’s an adult by age, but 22 years old is young. He has a family of his own, and now they are fatherless. His girlfriend lost her boyfriend. His mom and dad lost their son. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
“It’s another senseless violence of guns that these kids are turning to these days,” he said.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 10:09 a.m. at 16th Street and 7th Avenue, Griffin said. He and other officers inside the police department, which is across the street from City Hall, heard multiple shots being fired.
Griffin said it appears the incident, which involved the man’s silver van and the SUV, began at 23rd Street and River Drive, and that shots were fired from the SUV.
He did not know whether the man returned fire or whether he had a gun. The vehicles then drove a short distance on River Drive, then to 19th Street and down to 7th Avenue.
Griffin said he believes the man was the only person in the van.
No weapons had been recovered as of Wednesday afternoon, but Griffin said shell casings from different caliber guns were found at the scene.
He did not say how many shots were fired, but he said it appeared there was a “significant amount of gunfire” directed at the van.
Yellow-and-black crime-scene tape kept the public at bay much of Wednesday as police and crime-scene technicians from the Illinois State Police photographed the vehicle and collected evidence in the lot behind City Hall.
Crime evidence tents could be seen on the street in front of City Hall.
The building was placed on lockdown for a short time while police secured the scene, and vehicles were unable to leave the lot behind City Hall for several hours.
Seventh Avenue from 17th to 15th streets was closed much of the day.
A deputy coroner with the Rock Island County Coroner’s Office pronounced the man dead at 11:50 a.m. An autopsy will be conducted Thursday, Coroner Brian Gustafson said.
Moline police were assisted by officers from East Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, who helped follow up on leads.
A canvas of the area was conducted and police are gathering surveillance footage from businesses in the area, Griffin said.
Joyce Gay, who works as a nurse at City Hall, was not inside the building at the time of the shooting. She said it is “always scary for anybody involved.”
“(You) never want anybody to be hurt,” she said.
Eric Vanspeybroeck, who works at Rouse Consulting Group on 16th Street, said he heard the sirens and commotion following the shooting and walked down to the scene to see what was going on.
“It’s definitely scary,” he said. “Our business has been down here for over 20 years. You see the traffic accident, you see a cop down here in general — being that the police department is here — you hear the sirens, but ... I’ve never seen something this large before.”
Linda Davis, office manager of Hanna and Ruud Law Offices, 1528 6th Ave., said she was surprised to hear what had happened, especially since it took place so close to the Moline Police Department.
Griffin voiced a similar sentiment, saying “things like this don’t happen outside the police department.”
“Things like this don’t happen in Moline,” he said.
An employee at Olson’s Auto Service, 630 15th St., who wished to remain anonymous, simply said, “It’s not good.”
Co-worker Gary Humberg called it “weird” that it happened so close to the police station.
He said he heard a high-revving engine sound at the time the incident occurred.
Mike Fetterer, owner of the Fetography photo studio at 1531 6th Ave., called the incident a “big surprise” and “odd.”
It left him with a heavy heart for the victim, he said.
Police ask anyone with information, including those who can help piece together the last few days of the man’s life, to call Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 or the Moline Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 309-524-2140.
No detail is too small, Griffin said.
“We believe that there’s going to be several witnesses that possibly haven’t come forward yet,” he said. “Anyone that may have surveillance cameras on their cars, anyone that may have taken photographs with their cell phones, anything that you may have, we’re asking that you call the police department and help us out with this investigation.”
One dead after a shooting behind Moline City Hall.
Dispatch-Argus reporter Leon Lagerstam contributed to this story.