Police identify victim in fatal shooting in west end of Davenport

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Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday near 2nd and Lincoln in Davenport.

Lavonta Baker, 19, of Davenport, was found in the 2300 block of West 2nd Street, police said.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive man in a vehicle. “After initial medical attention was provided on scene, he was pronounced dead by emergency medical staff,” a news release says.

Shirley Miller, a neighbor who lives nearby, was watching TV and using her computer when she heard “like three big bangs, but somebody told me there was at least five.”

She thought it was between houses nearby. “I went out to see what was going on, and I couldn’t find nothing, so I came back in and I heard all the sirens.”

Neighbors gathered at the scene while police officers, including Chief Paul Sikorski, arrived. At 12:45 p.m., a young man arrived at the scene, and was so shaken several people – including police officers – restrained and comforted him.

“That’s my brother!” he shouted. “That’s my brother!” he sobbed. “What the —?”

Baker’s past

Court documents show Baker has a record. According to an arrest affidavit:

On June 26, 2019, a victim recognized Baker as operating a Kia SUV on the 600 block of East 8th Street, while a front-seat passenger discharged several rounds from a 9mm handgun at the victim and the victim’s residence.

The victim was outside a residence when the shooting began. The victim’s house was struck three times as a result of the incident. The victim and a witness saw the SUV traveling without any lights during and immediately after the shooting.

The case was dismissed because an eyewitness was unable to travel back to Davenport for trial testimony after relocating out of state after the incident for the safety of her family.

Police ask anyone with information about the Sunday shooting to call Davenport police at 563-326-6125 or submit a tip online at qccrimestoppers.com.


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