CORALVILLE, Iowa — A $10 million bond has been set for a former mall security guard accused of opening fire at a Coralville mall Friday night, fatally wounding a 20-year-old woman.
According to KWWL, 22-two-year-old Alexander Kozak made his first appearance in court Saturday morning where the bond was set. He is charged with first degree murder.
The Iowa City Press Citizen reports Kozak had been fired from his job at Coral Ridge Mall earlier in the day. The criminal complaint against Kozak says he left the mall and went home to retrieve a gun, then returned to the mall and shot the 20-year-old victim. It also says Kozak admitted to killing the woman and said it was “premeditated.”
The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. in the food court. Police say the woman was shot multiple times and died at University of Iowa Hospitals. Her name has not been released.
Witnesses quickly helped officers identify Kozak as the suspect and they broadcast his description to law enforcement agencies. The Iowa State Patrol stopped Kozak’s vehicle on I-80 eastbound near Davenport and he was taken into custody without incident.