Davenport man accused of illegally selling firearm used in October active shooter incident

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4500 block of Utica Ridge Road in Bettendorf. WQAD photo. 10-26-15

A Davenport man has been accused of illegally selling the gun that was used in an active shooter incident that happened at two business locations in the Quad Cities.

On October 26, 2015, a gunman fired shots at a Davenport business on Kimberly Road and a Bettendorf business on Utica Ridge Road, according to previous statements from Bettendorf’s Public Information Officer.

Previous reports indicate that during the incident, the gunman, who was later identified as 40-year-old Robert L. Mayes II, had gone to the Davenport business and fired several shots inside. Mayes then reportedly went to the Bettendorf building, where police were called shortly after for a report of shots fired.  When police arrived, Mayes fired a fatal gunshot into his own head.

The incident was later found to be related to an apparent domestic situation between Mayes and his estranged wife.  

Two months later, on Monday, December 28, police got an arrest warrant for 44-year-old Lonnie J. Long, accusing him of selling Mayes the gun that was used in the active shooting situation, according to a statement from Bettendorf Police Captain Keith Kimball.

On Thursday, December 31, Long surrendered to police, the statement said.

Lonnie J. Long. Photo from Scott County Jail

Lonnie J. Long. Photo from Scott County Jail

According to an affidavit, Long admitted to selling the pistol to Mayes for $1,000 on either the 24th or 25th of October, 2015.  Long told police that  Mayes did not show him a permit to buy a gun, nor did Long ask Mayes if he had one.

“Records show that Mayes did not possess an annual permit to acquire pistols,” read the affidavit.

Jail records show that Long was released less than an hour after being booked into the Scott County Jail.  According to Kimball’s statement, Long posted a $2,000 cash bond.

Long was charged with one count of transferring a pistol to an individual not possessing a valid permit, the statement said. This aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in prison and could yield a fine between $625 and $6,250.