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Six Iowa teens charged with murder after drive-by shooting at a school in Des Moines

DES MOINES – Six Iowa teens have been caught and charged with murder after a deadly drive-by shooting at a school in Des Moines Monday afternoon.

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On March 7, 2022, Des Moines police responded to a shooting incident outside of a local high school. Officers arrived to find three victims, near a parking lot. All were transported by medics to local hospitals in critical condition. One of those victims, a 15-year-old male, died at the hospital.

Detectives quickly learned that this was a drive-by shooting, and the deceased victim was the intended target. The two surviving victims, a 16-year-old female and an 18-year-old female, were not intended targets. Both remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

“While this incident occurred outside of a school, it could have occurred in any one of our neighborhoods,” Des Moines police said in a statement. “The school is where the suspects found their target. The rapid response by DMPD officers, and the swift action by the school staff placing the building in lockdown and sheltering students and staff in place, certainly had a positive impact on safety and scene management.”

Police said that within one hour of the incident, almost all of the suspects were in custody. Within several hours, all were in custody.

“DMPD detectives worked throughout the night, executing multiple residential and vehicle search warrants, and recovering multiple firearms,” police said.

At this time, DMPD detectives have charged six local teenagers, each, with one count of Murder – 1st Degree, and two counts of Attempted Murder.

The Des Moines Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, Polk County Sheriffs Office, Iowa DCI, FBI, and ATF all assisted in the ongoing investigation.

The shooting incident has garnered nationwide attention from national news outlets and top politicians.

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