Des Moines police reported that six juveniles, including a 14-year-old, had been taken into custody following a shooting outside a school that claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy and injured two other teenagers.
First-degree murder and two attempted murder charges have been filed against each of the three suspects from Des Moines in connection with the Monday afternoon shooting at East High School in Des Moines‘ downtown area.
Gunshots were heard outside the school from various automobiles, according to police. Those detained are between the ages of 14 and 17.
When the 15-year-old who was shot and killed was not a student at the school, police stated that he was the intended target of the shooting. Authorities said that a 16-year-old East student and an 18-year-old East student who attended the school were two victims.
Girl, 16, and boy, 18, remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition, according to police.
According to Sgt, it was around 2:50 pm Monday when the calls started coming in, just before classes were to end for the day. Paul Parizek of the KCCI-TV news station in Kansas City.
According to a press release from the school district, the school was immediately put on lockdown, and pupils were held inside as police investigated. Around 3:30 pm, when law enforcement gave the all-clear, they were released.
Principal Jill Versteeg said it was “everyone’s worst fear,” and parents were urged to “hold your students and love them.”
ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, the ACT college admissions test & parent-teacher conferences have been postponed for Tuesday. Grief counselors were also offered through the district.
“Real change to gun regulations and access would go a long way in helping us,” said Superintendent Thomas Ahart, who noted that school shootings have “gotten all too prevalent.”
Our employees and kids, he continued, “are obliged to train for these occurrences, and the trauma associated with the recurrent exercises and incidents will remain with them after years to come. Unfortunately, our state and the United States have become where firearms may be easily obtained.
According to the police, there is no longer a danger to the public. There was no apparent indication of a cause. Shell casings have been found at the location as investigators try to piece together what transpired there.
After the shooting, Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert visited the school to convey his displeasure with the acts of violence.
WOI-TV quoted Wingert saying, “Unfortunately, what happened here today was just another meaningless tragedy in our town.” The use of weapons to resolve conflicts.”
Des Moines has had four homicides so far this year, according to the police.
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