TEEN SHOT: Police Looking For Suspects


Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that injured a 19-year-old Tuesday night.

Police say they were called to the Git N Go at 1240 Keo Way on a reported shooting just before 9:00 p.m. When they arrived they found Yonto Tarlue suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg and buttocks.

Tarlue’s sister Teta Barley told police she, Tarlue, and another sister were walking toward the Oakridge neighborhood to check on a cousin they believed may have been shot at earlier in the day. They were in the parking lot at Git N Go when they saw six black males leave the store. Tarlue called toward them, thinking one of them was his cousin.

The men began yelling gang sayings at them, and one man pulled out a gun and began shooting. The men ran away, towards Oakridge.

Gifti Gwern, Tarlue’s other sister, told police she recognized some of the men but did not know their names.  She said they had an ongoing issue with Tarlue and at least three of them lived at Oakridge.

Police say Tarlue would not tell them anything about what happened, except that he was familiar with the men though he couldn’t identify them by name.

Tarlue’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

The investigation into the shooting continues. No arrests have been made in the case.

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