One teenage boy is dead and two teenage girls are critically injured following a school shooting at East High School in Des Moines Iowa. According to reports a number of gunshots were heard outside of the East High School around 2:48 pm local time. Three students were critically injured with a teenage boy later dying at the hospital. Des Moines police say they have several people in custody who are being questioned regarding the East High School shooting however no charges have yet been filed. This story is still breaking.
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Des Moines police said one person has died and two others hospitalized in a shooting outside of East High School on Monday afternoon that injured three people.
Police at the scene said there are “multiple shooting victims outside of the school.”
Three people, who appear to be teens, were hospitalized in critical condition, according to police. Police later said one victim was dead.
The shooting happened outside of the school but on school grounds just before 3 p.m. Police said the gunfire appears to have come from a passing vehicle.
The school was locked down Monday afternoon and residents were asked to stay clear. Streets around the school were shut down as well.
No other injuries have been reported and police said they do not believe there is a continued threat to the public.
Sgt. Paul Parizek said suspects have been detained in the case but no charges have been filed.
“We’ve got some potential suspects detained. That will be a piece that moves through the night that we’re going to have to be working on,” Parizek said. “The kids in that school are our community’s most precious cargo. So, the medics and the firefighters did an outstanding job getting up here. You know, it’s sad. We do train for this. We have to be prepared for it. And this is why.”
East High student Kaylie Shannon told KCCI she was outside of the school when she heard gunfire.
“I was just sitting in my friend’s car and then all of the sudden I heard 11 gunshots and some boys screaming,” Shannon said.
Des Moines police continue to investigate.
DMPS officers no longer in schools:
KCCI has been covering concerns over violence in Des Moines schools for much of this school year. This is the first school year since 1999 that the district has been without Des Moines police officers in schools.
Last year, the school board voted to end the school resource officer program. Members said the program disproportionately affected students of color.
Des Moines police said school resource officers are intended to build positive relationships with students.
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Six teenagers have been arrested on murder charges stemming from a drive-by shooting Monday outside a Des Moines, Iowa, high school that left a 15-year-old boy dead and critically injured two female students, police said on Tuesday.
The teenager who was fatally shot is believed to have been the intended target, the Des Moines Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.
Most of the suspects were arrested within an hour of the shooting and all were in custody in several hours, police said.
“While this incident occurred outside of a school, it could have occurred in any one of our neighborhoods. The school is where the suspects found their target,” police said in the statement.
The two wounded teenage girls remained in a hospital Tuesday with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The names of the suspects and the victims were not released.
In addition to first-degree murder, the suspects were charged with two counts each of attempted murder, authorities said.
Overnight, homicide detectives executed multiple residential and vehicle search warrants, and recovered multiple firearms, police said.
The shooting unfolded Monday afternoon outside East High School. The two injured girls were both students at the school, while the slain boy was not, police said.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
“Unfortunately, what happened here … is just another pointless tragedy in our community, people using firearms to settle their differences,” Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said Monday.
The high school was immediately on lockdown Monday afternoon, but Des Moines Public School District tweeted students were being dismissed on time after police and the school district gave an all-clear.