FATAL SHOOTING: Man Shot In Drake Neighborhood

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One person is dead after a shooting in Des Moines, Thursday evening.

Police responded to several reports of shots fired on 21st and Forest Avenue at around 6:30 p.m.

When they arrived, officers found a 21-year old male lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department says several witnesses have been taken to the station for interviews. He says at least one witness saw the entire incident.

Police do not have anyone in custody.

The area where the shooting took place was covered by a special enforcement team that disbanded at the end of summer. Sgt. Halifax says that if shootings in the area spike, that team could be brought back.

"Typically speaking, things tend to slow down as the weather gets colder,” Sgt. Halifax says.

“It's been pretty quiet around Des Moines recently at least in terms of violent crime.  That's kind of holding to a pattern we typically see.  Again if it does increase we certainly would evaluate and determine if we should bring that back into play."

So far in 2013, there have been 11 homicides in Des Moines.


    • Stephanie Peters

      Would like to say not every one in low rent housing is like that. That is a very rotten thing to say! A mom lost her child… If that was your child how would u feel if some one said that to you. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Read it b4 you pass judgement! Shootings happen everywhere! As a friend once said. ” bullets don’t have names on them”

    • Andrea frazier

      What’s wrong with what u a young boy just lost his live before he could even really get it started. it don’t matter where he is from people that didn’t make it ok .you can get killed in any where .I think that sounds pretty racist if you ask me.so what your really trying to say just cause u don’t live in some upptie neighborhood it ok

      • Harry Moyer

        Racists? It amazes me how many racist there are here in Des Moines. I suspect they’ve always been here; it’s just in the last 5 years they’ve become emboldened, particularly because the anonymity of the internet.

  • Bee

    So why are they showing footage of the victim’s mother? What if this boy’s loved ones or friends found out about his death from this article? If the police aren’t releasing his identity, why should the media? Have some respect.

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