Des Moines police are investigating three shootings that took place overnight beginning late Thursday night. That busy overnight follows another shooting near a school that occurred earlier Thursday evening. The three late night drive-by’s happened one right after the other starting around 10:20 p.m. Thursday night.
Two of the shootings happened just seven blocks apart; one at the 1300 block of 11th street and the other at the 1800 block of 12th street. The other happened across from the Des Moines River at 1650 Cleveland.
One family who lives on Cleveland Street says it was a close call. “All of a sudden I just heard ‘bam bam bam!’” said resident Robert Turner.
Turner was sitting in his chair watching TV when the bullets hit his home. “Glass came in on the side of my face and I fell on the floor and rolled, and I thought I was shot. I kind of hollered and checked to see if I was shot, but I didn’t feel anything.”
When Turner realized he wasn’t hurt, his mind started racing. His 8-year old child was in the next room where a bullet had also gone through the home, right next to where she was sleeping. Turner says she was awake and scared, but thankfully she wasn’t hurt. “
“We got on the floor and ran into the back bedroom and called 9-1-1.” Turner said.
The police found 6 shell casings on the ground outside the home.
“I don’t understand why my house was targeted. Whether it was an accident or somebody just physically came by and targeted the house.”
Police stayed at the Turner’s home for a few hours, marking the casings, taking pictures, and documenting the scene. Information on Thursday night’s two other shootings is coming in slowly.
Investigators say they’re trying to piece together what happened. The first shooting was around 10:20 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of 11th street.
No injuries have been reported so far, but police did find shell casings on the ground.
Other calls of shots fired came into police at 12th and Jefferson. The crime scene unit also found shell casings.
Police say that shooting may have sparked a high speed chase. Police have not released much information on the chase. Information that has been released is that the chase ended at East 14th and Sheridan, two miles from the shooting on 12th street. One man has been arrested. Police say more people were in the care with him, but he was the only person taken into custody.
Officers say they also saw things thrown out of the car during the chase. Police were searching for evidence after the chase at East 9th and Arthur, three blocks from where the chase ended.
Police have not said if they found anything.