Des Moines shooting: 2 students dead, staff in critical condition, police


Two students are dead and a staff member is in critical condition after a shooting at an education program in Des Moines, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Police Department.

At 12:53 p.m., police and fire crews responded to a report of a shooting at 455 SW 5th Street, which houses a nonprofit called Start’s Right Here, police said in a news release.

They found the injured and took them to the hospital. The ages of the victims and suspects have not been released.

Police received a description of the vehicle involved in the shooting and made a traffic stop about two miles away about 20 minutes after the shooting, said police Sgt. Paul Parisek told a press conference.

Two people remained in the vehicle, and one got out and ran, Parisek said. Police found the suspect with a tracking dog, he said.

Parisek did not identify the suspects or say whether they have been charged.

“We have two people dead, so we are looking at very serious charges,” he said.

The reason for this is yet to be released by the police.

“The incident was definitely targeted,” he said. “It’s not random. There’s nothing random about it. It’s definitely a targeted incident. But as far as motivation, we’re going to try and find out.

According to the Starts Right Here website, “Starts Right Here (SRH) is busy inspiring at-risk youth in Des Moines Public Schools and empowering youth through speaking events.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is listed on the website’s advisory board.

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