Police, Family Frustrated by Lack of Cooperation in Clive Double Homicide

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CLIVE, Iowa– Clive Police released new details in the double homicide at Seven Flags Event Center over Labor Day weekend. The shootout in the parking in the early morning hours of September 5th left two other people injured.

“We believe that Kevin Hall and Johnny Jackson fired at each other, striking and killing each other,” said Clive Police Chief Michael Venema.

That doesn’t make the case closed. Yet in their search for answers, investigators say they aren`t getting much help from the nearly one hundred witnesses on scene when the shots rang out.

“That’s been a major obstacle in this investigation,” said Venema.

This is the timeline that police have come up with based on video surveillance and the one and only 911 call.

  • At 1:49 a.m., one of the suspected shooters, 29-year-old Johnny Jackson, is involved in a disturbance inside the events center. He and others are pushed out the door.
  • At 1:52 a.m., 45-year-old Kevin Hall is seen walking out of Seven Flags.
  • The first shots are fired at 1:56 a.m. in the parking lot. Two minutes later, the 911 call is made.
  • Then at 2 a.m., multiple shots are heard on the line and officers arrive on scene two minutes later.

Sometime during those few minutes, police say Jackson was trying to protect his friend, William Celander, but instead, accidentally shots him in the arm. They believe Jackson also hit an innocent bystander, Kelly Love, Jr. in the thigh before he was involved in some kind of shootout with Hall.

“I heard gunshots and then a small break and then it was just gunshots,” said Tondia Hall.

Hall heard the gunfire that killed her husband, Kevin. Like police, she’s asking for people to come forward.

“He was a great guy and he just wanted to make peace,” said Hall.

“It’s very frustrating to us and very damaging to the community when people don’t assist us in these investigations,” said Venema.

Another obstacle for investigators is finding key evidence that disappeared from the crime scene. Police say at least two guns used in the shootout are nowhere to be found.

Hall had a valid permit to carry and legally owned two guns. Authorities say the gun Jackson had on him was believed to be stolen.


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