SHOTS FIRED: Four Incidents May Be Connected

Posted on: 5:41 pm, January 21, 2014, by , updated on: 05:42pm, January 21, 2014

Des Moines police responded to four reports of shots fired in less than three hours Monday night.

The shootings happened within a few blocks from each other.

The first one was on 17th street.

Another happened in the Oak Ridge neighborhood.

Shots were then fired on 16th street, and a fourth shooting happened on Keo Way.

Disturbing? Yes. Random? Police say not likely.

“It could be a back and forth with all four of them really and we’ll look into that,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines Police Department.

The chaos started just before 6 p.m. on the 1500 block of 17th street. Carol Jackson says she heard nine gunshots and quickly called police.

“This is ridiculous. It’s below zero and they’re still doing it,” said Jackson.

Witnesses told police they saw a man and woman arguing in the street and the man fired several shots.

One of the bullets he fired hit a car. The people inside that car didn’t want to cooperate with police.

“Someone is going to seriously get hurt,” says Jackson.

Thirty minutes later, a stray bullet went through the window of Hana Batiste’s Oak Ridge apartment and into a mirror.

Batiste runs a daycare and says two young children were inside at the time.

“My son is three and my daughter is two,” said Batiste.

A security guard told police the shots came from a red car driving through the parking lot.

Police say the shooter intended to hit a man who had just been dropped off.

An hour later, just after 7:15 p.m., witnesses said they heard six shots on the 2000 block of 16th street.

Shell casings landed near a home that was hit.

Eventually, a person was shot.

Witnesses say around 9 p.m., 19-year-old Yonto Tarlue was approached by six men outside of the Git ‘N Go on Keo Way.

Tarlue was shot twice, once in the leg and once in the rear-end.

The suspects ran towards Oak Ridge where police think Tarlue was heading.

“He indicated he was headed there to check on a cousin who was shot at earlier. Certainly indicates a connection there,” said Halifax.

Police believe a connection exists and they’re working to tie the knots.

Investigators say winter weather last night made it difficult to collect evidence at the scenes.

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