2 students killed, 1 person in serious condition after shooting at Des Moines outreach center – KCCI Des Moines

2 students killed, 1 person in serious condition after shooting at Des Moines outreach center

SO WE GET CALL 1253. THE INITIAL CALL SAID THAT THERE WERE MULTIPLE PEOPLE SHOT AND INJURED. FIRST OFFICERS HERE DID FIND THREE PEOPLE WITH GUNSHOT INJURY. TWO OF THEM WERE VERY CRITICAL CONDITION. THE OFFICERS AT THE SCENE DID PERFORM CPR UNTIL THE MEDICS WERE ABLE TO GET HERE, GET HIM UP TO THE HOSPITAL. THOSE TWO PEOPLE, BOTH STUDENTS ARE DEAD NOW AT THE HOSPITAL. THE THIRD PERSON WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AND GOING INTO SURGERY, IT’S ABOUT 20 MINUTES AFTER THE INITIAL CALL, WE WERE ABLE TO GET A VEHICLE DESCRIPTION FOR WITNESSES. ONE OF OUR PATROL OFFICERS SPOTTED THAT CAR ABOUT TWO MILES SOUTH OF HERE. WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT STOPPED. TWO PEOPLE STAYED IN THE CAR. ONE BAILED OUT, RAN FROM THERE. WE DEPLOYED A K-9. WE WERE ABLE TO TRACK THAT THIRD PERSON DOWN. SO ALL THREE OF THE POTENTIAL SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, THEY ARE UP AT THE POLICE STATION RIGHT NOW. DETECTIVES ARE INTERVIEWING THEM. SO THAT’S WHERE THE INVESTIGATION STANDS RIGHT NOW. BASICALLY, WE’VE GOT TWO KIDS DECEASED AND AND I USE KIDS IN THE TERM WITH STUDENTS. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE ADULTS OR TEENAGER OR MINOR TEENAGERS. AND THEN A DEFINITELY AN ADULT SCHOOL EMPLOYEE THAT’S BEEN INJURED. CAN YOU TELL US WHERE THAT TRAFFIC STOP HAPPENED? IT’S KIND OF UNCLEAR LOOKING AT THE TRIP NOTES. BUT DOWN NEAR MCCREA PARK, SO THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN A 1300 BLOCK OF RIVER VISTA. I’M NOT SURE WHERE THAT STOP ACTUALLY WENT DOWN, BUT IT WAS TOO FAR FROM THAT. ANY IDEA ON CHARGES AT THIS POINT? OH, NO, WE’RE A WAYS AWAY FROM THAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY WE’VE GOT TWO PEOPLE DEAD. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT THE MOST SERIOUS CHARGES. CAN YOU TELL SOME OF THE EITHER SUSPECTS OR STUDENTS? NO, NO AGES, RIGHT NOW. AND ANY INFORMATION ON WHY THEY WENT THIS WAY? YOU KNOW, IT JUST LIKE I MEAN, THIS IS THESE ARE THE EIGHTH HOMICIDES IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS. AND, YOU KNOW, THE WHY IS THE ONE THING THAT SOMETIMES WE NEVER KNOW UNLESS SOMEBODY TELLS US THE WAY WE SEE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE HOMICIDES THAT WE’RE INVESTIGATING HAS, YOU KNOW, BIG CONTRIBUTING FACTORS THAT HAPPEN THAT THE POLICE REALLY DON’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF IMPACT ON. YOU KNOW, WE’RE REALLY GOOD AT INVESTIGATING CRIME. WE’RE REALLY GOOD AT TAKING PEOPLE TO JAIL, GETTING GUNS OFF THE STREET. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE THINGS THAT CAUSE PEOPLE TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS OR CAUSE PEOPLE TO, YOU KNOW, FIND THEMSELVES IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LIFE SOMETIMES BRINGS THEM, WE CAN’T HELP WITH THAT A LOT. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT THE COMMUNITY IT HAS TO BE A COMMUNITY BASED APPROACH. I FEEL LIKE A BROKEN RECORD BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN SAYING THIS. I KNOW I’VE SAID IT TO ALL YOUR LOCAL GUYS AT LEAST ONCE. YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT TO GET EVERYBODY AROUND THE TABLE. AND IN FACT START FINDING THE SOLUTIONS TO THIS BECAUSE THE POLICE CANNOT DO IT ALL. AND AGAIN, WE’RE GOOD AT WHAT WE DO. AND BUT THAT DOESN’T GIVE FAMILIES ANY PEACE THAT DOESN’T GIVE THE FRIENDS OF THESE KIDS ANY HOPE THAT IT’S GOING TO GET ANY BETTER. WE NEED THE SUPPORT, DIFFERENT SIDE. IT’S GOT TO HAPPEN ON THE FRONT END. AND HOW IS IT DEALING WITH ANOTHER SHOOTING AT A SCHOOL? YOU KNOW, THESE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR SAFE SPACES IN THIS SCHOOL IN PARTICULAR. IT’S ONE THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WORKS VERY CLOSELY WITH AND THE SCHOOLS DESIGNED TO TO PICK UP THE SLACK AND HELP KIDS WHO NEED HELP THE MOST, THE ONES WHO AREN’T GETTING THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT REASONS. AND TO HAVE IT HAPPEN HERE IS IT’S JUST IT’S GOING TO BE A HORRIBLE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. THE FACT THAT TWO KIDS ARE DEAD, THAT’S HORRIBLE ENOUGH. BUT TO THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT THESE THESE FEW SAFE SPACES THAT WE KIND OF CONSIDER SACRED, AND NOW THIS ONE, THIS HAS HAPPENED HERE AT ONE OF THEM, SERGEANT, THIS NONPROFIT WITH WILL KEEPS WORKS TO BE ONE OF THOSE SOLUTIONS. CAN YOU EXPAND ON THE JUST JUXTAPOSITION OF THAT? WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THAT LOOKING AT THE HISTORICALLY, HE’S RUN A VERY SUCCESSFUL OPERATION, YOU KNOW, BUT HE IS DEALING WITH KIDS AND HE’S DEALING WITH KIDS WHO ARE TROUBLED AND HAVE A VARIETY OF CHALLENGES, SOME THAT MANY OF US CAN’T WRAP OUR BRAIN AROUND. SO THE THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AND THIS CERTAINLY WON’T TARNISH ITS IMAGE. IT’S DEFINITELY GOING TO IMPACT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE. AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME STRATEGY PLANNING AND TALKS ABOUT HOW WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN AT ANY ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS OR SUSPECTS OUT TO THE SCHOOL. THAT PART I’M NOT SURE ABOUT EITHER. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WERE LOOKING FOR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR, ANYTHING LIKE THAT. EVEN WITH A TARGET. YES, THE INCIDENT WAS DEFINITELY TARGETED. IT WAS NOT RANDOM. THERE’S THERE’S NOTHING RANDOM ABOUT THIS. IT WAS CERTAINLY A TARGETED INCIDENT. BUT AS FAR AS, AGAIN, MOTIVE, THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT. BUT OFTENTIMES WE’RE KIND OF ALL LEFT WONDERING. AND EVEN IF WE DID FIND THE MOTIVE, IT’S NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYBODY. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE LAW HOUSES THE AWFUL. ANOTHER CASE OF VIOLENCE AND TEENAGERS. IT’S IT’S A SAD STORY THAT WE TALK ABOUT FAR TOO OFTEN. YOU KNOW, AND THIS IS WE’RE LOSING A GENERATION OF KIDS AND WE’VE GOT TO AS A COMMUNITY TO GET OUR ARMS WRAPPED AROUND IT. AND I SEE SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS BEHIND US. AND I GOT A FEELING THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO SAY SOMETHING. SO ANY MORE QUESTIONS ALONG THOSE LINES, MAYBE A HOLD ON FOR THEM, BECAUSE I THINK THEY PROBABLY GOT A LITTLE MORE PERSPECTIVE AND HAD A GOOD VOICE TO THIS TO YOU GUYS. GOOD WITH THAT? YOU GOT MORE INVESTIGATION? YEAH. ANY IDEA ON TIME OF WHEN YOU’LL NAME SUSPECTS AND CHARGES? I’M TRYING TO GET MORE OUT AT 9 P.M. GIVE YOU GUYS ENOUGH TIME TO GET SOMETHING GOING TO TEN. OBVIOUSLY I WE FOLLOW THE EVIDENCE THAT COMES AND THE INVESTIGATION WILL TAKE US WHERE IT GOES, BUT YOU’LL HEAR FROM ME BY NINE. MAYBE I CAN TEXT YOURSELF TO LET YOU KNOW IF IT’S GOING TO BE OF SUBSTANCE. UNDERSTOOD. THAT’S WHAT LED TO THE ARREST. LIKE WHAT’S IT’S LIKE YOU THERE? WELL, WE GOT A VEHICLE DESCRIPTION FROM WITNESSES. ONE OF OUR OFFICERS SPOTTED THE CAR IN TRAFFIC AND WE WERE ABLE TO STOP THAT CAR. LIKE I SAID, TWO PEOPLE REMAINED IN THE CAR. ONE TOOK OFF RUN, AND K9 CHASED HIM DOWN AND WE GOT ALL CUSTODY THERE. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS OR. YEAH, I THINK WE GOT ALL THREE OF THEM THAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR. UNLESS YOU KNOW, THIS GIRL’S LEGS. BUT WE WERE ALREADY TOLD THAT THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN THIS AND WE GOT THREE. YOU GUYS ALL GOOD. ALL RIGHT. THANKS, MAN. AGAIN, THAT WAS SERGEANT PAUL PERISIC WITH DES MOINES POLICE GIVING US AN UPDATE ON THE SHOOTING AT THE STARTS RIGHT HERE. MEANT HIRING PROGRAM FOR AT RISK YOUTH IN DES MOINES THAT’S LOCATED ON SOUTHWEST FIFTH STREET, SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN DES MOINES. THEY GOT THE CALL JUST BEFORE 1:00 TODAY THAT THREE PEOPLE WERE SHOT. ONCE POLICE ARRIVED, THEY FOUND TWO OF THOSE PEOPLE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THEY PERFORMED CPR, OFFICERS PERFORMED CPR ON TWO OF THOSE PEOPLE UNTIL PARAMEDICS ARRIVE. AND THOSE PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. WE HAVE NOW LEARNED THAT THEY WERE STUDENTS AND THEY HAVE DIED IN THIS SHOOTING. THE THIRD PERSON WHO WAS SHOT WAS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AND IS BEING TAKEN INTO SURGERY. WE UNDERSTAND THAT PERSON IS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL. INFORMATION ON THE VICTIMS HERE VERY, VERY LIMITED INFORMATION AT THIS TIME. WE WILL, OF COURSE, KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THAT. WE DO KNOW THAT THREE SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY. SERGEANT PERISIC SAID THEY HAD A VEHICLE DESCRIPTION. THEY ALSO HAD WITNESSES SAY THAT THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED. THEY HAVE THREE SUSPECTS NOW IN CUSTODY. THEY BELIEVE THIS WAS A TARGETED INCIDENT, NOT RANDOM. AND THEY DO NOT HAVE OR KNOW THE MOTIVATION FOR THIS AT THIS TIME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS AND UPDATE YOU. GOVERNOR REYNOLDS RELEASED A STATEMENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO SAYING THAT SHE IS SHOCKED AND SADDENED ABOUT THIS SHOOTING. SHE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH ACTIVISTS IN RAPPER WILL KEEPS WHO CREATED THIS STARTS RIGHT HERE PROGRAM. AND SHE WAS VERY VISIBLE IN HIS CAMPAIGN. SHE SAYS, QUOTE, I’VE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW HARD WILL KEEPS IN HIS STAFF WORK TO KEEP AT RISK KIDS THROUGH THIS ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM. MY HEART BREAKS FO

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2 students killed, 1 person in serious condition after shooting at Des Moines outreach center

Des Moines police officers are on the scene of a shooting Monday that has killed two students and injured an employee.The shooting was reported at about 12:53 p.m. at Starts Right Here, a non-profit organization focused on helping at-risk youth. The outreach center is located at 455 Southwest 5th St.Starts Right Here has been a partner of Des Moines Public Schools since 2021. They serve between 40-50 DMPS students at a time. No DMPS staff were on site at the time of the shooting.According to police, three people were shot. Two students were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. They have since died. A third person, an employee of Starts Right Here, was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The ages of the students are unknown at this time.Police say that approximately 20 minutes after the shooting incident, three suspects were taken into custody following a traffic stop. Two suspects remained in the vehicle, while a third suspect fled on foot and was apprehended.Sgt. Paul Parizek with the DMPD said that the shooting is a targeted incident. Police say they have taken all suspects into custody. Police have not released the identities of the suspects.Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement following the shooting:“I am shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting at Starts Right Here. I’ve seen first-hand how hard Will Keeps and his staff works to help at-risk kids through this alternative education program. My heart breaks for them, these kids and their families. Kevin and I are praying for their safe recovery.” Des Moines Public Schools released the following statement following the shooting:“We are saddened to learn of another act of gun violence, especially one that impacts an organization that works closely with some of our students. We are still waiting to learn more details, but our thoughts are with any victims of this incident and their families and friends. Starts Right Here is a valuable partner to DMPS, doing important work to help us re-engage students, and we stand by to support them during this critical time.”Correction: KCCI has corrected that Starts Right Here is a nonprofit organization, not a charter school.This is a developing story. Stay with KCCI online and on-air as more information is released.Previous coverage:

Des Moines police officers are on the scene of a shooting Monday that has killed two students and injured an employee.

The shooting was reported at about 12:53 p.m. at Starts Right Here, a non-profit organization focused on helping at-risk youth. The outreach center is located at 455 Southwest 5th St.

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Starts Right Here has been a partner of Des Moines Public Schools since 2021. They serve between 40-50 DMPS students at a time. No DMPS staff were on site at the time of the shooting.

According to police, three people were shot. Two students were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. They have since died. A third person, an employee of Starts Right Here, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The ages of the students are unknown at this time.

Police say that approximately 20 minutes after the shooting incident, three suspects were taken into custody following a traffic stop. Two suspects remained in the vehicle, while a third suspect fled on foot and was apprehended.

Sgt. Paul Parizek with the DMPD said that the shooting is a targeted incident. Police say they have taken all suspects into custody. Police have not released the identities of the suspects.

Governor Kim Reynolds released the following statement following the shooting:

“I am shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting at Starts Right Here. I’ve seen first-hand how hard Will Keeps and his staff works to help at-risk kids through this alternative education program. My heart breaks for them, these kids and their families. Kevin and I are praying for their safe recovery.”

Des Moines Public Schools released the following statement following the shooting:

“We are saddened to learn of another act of gun violence, especially one that impacts an organization that works closely with some of our students. We are still waiting to learn more details, but our thoughts are with any victims of this incident and their families and friends. Starts Right Here is a valuable partner to DMPS, doing important work to help us re-engage students, and we stand by to support them during this critical time.”

Correction: KCCI has corrected that Starts Right Here is a nonprofit organization, not a charter school.

This is a developing story. Stay with KCCI online and on-air as more information is released.

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