SHOOTER KILLED: ARL Rescues 60 Pets

The Animal Rescue League says they removed dozens of animals from the man who went on a shooting spree on Des Moines’ south side.

Officials say they removed 55 exotic birds, four cats, one snake and two deceased birds from Steven Vogel’s home on Creston Avenue.

Courtesy of ARL

Courtesy of ARL

Officials say they are working with the next of kin to determine the permanent placement for the animals. But in the meantime the animals are at the ARL.

Investigators say Vogel was armed with an assault rifle and handgun and placed ammunition throughout a yard on Wednesday.

A total of seven homes were sprayed with gunfire, three cars were hit and one person’s head was grazed by a bullet. He is at home recovering.

Vogel was shot in the head by police during the shootout.

Two officers are on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

The ARL says the 55 exotic birds are especially expensive to care for and are encouraging donations.

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