Des Moines police said in a press release that the shots fired at the victims at East High School appeared to have come from a passing vehicle. Possible suspects have been arrested, but no immediate charges have been filed.
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Three people were injured in a shooting outside an Iowa high school, authorities said Monday.
KCCI-TV reports that Sgt. Paul Parizek said possible suspects were arrested during the shootings Monday afternoon at East High School, near downtown Des Moines, about half a mile from the Capitol. Police said the three teenagers were being treated in critical condition. He did not know if they were students.
DMPD & DMFD on stage at East HS. Many victims of shootings outside the school. MEDIA STAGEING at E.13th St and Buchanan. Entrance from University Ave. PIO on stage. pic.twitter.com/UM4asQwtOb
– Des Moines Police (@DMpolice) March 7, 2022
“It’s a punch in the gut that we have three kids in the hospital,” he said, “but we hope for the best for them.”
He said the calls started flooding around 2:50 p.m., shortly before the day’s break was scheduled. The district said in a series of tweets that the school was initially locked, but later announced that students were allowed to go home.
Police said they did not believe there was a constant threat to the public.
“It’s sad, but we are training for it. We have to be prepared for this and that.”
The motive was not immediately disclosed and there were no details about the possible suspects.
“Obviously, we used all the resources we had in it. We know that the children in this school are the most valuable burden of our community.”
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