A man has been shot after police came under fire Wednesday in the south side of Des Moines.
Officers were called to the neighborhood near Southwest 9th and Creston around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon responding to reports of a man firing on passing cars.
Police blocked off several streets in the neighborhood and two officers fired back. Police are trying to determine if the man was shot by police or if the wound was self-inflicted.
The shooter, identified by neighbors as Steven Vogel, was sent to Methodist Hospital.
Online court records show a man with that same name from Des Moines with a long criminal history.
Channel 13 had a crew on scene when the suspected shooter arrived.
Police haven’t officially released his identity but his condition is being listed as critical.
Police say the suspect was armed with two guns, one of which was a military type assault rifle.
At least 20 shots were fired during the exchange with several cars and homes hit. Magazines were found in seemingly strategic positions from where the suspect was shooting from.
“At least two of the magazines were placed not where he was located so I don’t know if he had placed them there or if he was carrying them on his person,” Sgt. Halifax said.
The magazines found hold at least 10-15 rounds each according to Sgt. Halifax.
The shooting was just blocks away from Lincoln High school which was put on lockdown because of the incident. Most students weren’t affected due to early dismissal.
At this point there is no indication of why the suspect opened fire at seemingly random members of the public and police officers.