Police say as the temperature increases so does crime. Officers responded to a shooting at the Oakridge neighborhood last night.
They say Ameshia Heard was shot in the back of the head and is currently in critical condition.
Family friends of the victim call the shooting senseless.
“A 19-year-old young lady has a lot going for herself. You never expect for her to be the one,” says Milred Coplen.
Reports say six to eight bullets were fired at the apartment complex around midnight Tuesday night. Police say they don’t believe the shooting was random.
“We found I think about six witnesses initially that were brought down to the station for interviews,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department.
None of the witnesses let police to the suspect but witnesses say they saw a man in a trench coat fleeing from the scene.
As crimes are expected to increase during the warmer months, the department has already enforced its “Summer Enforcement” team. The team allows for more neighborhood patrols.
Community efforts are also aiding in keeping teens off the street. Organizations like Urban Dream helps people get jobs and apply for school.
“If you give us nothing to do if you don`t work with us then these types of things will continue to happen,” says founder, Wayne Ford.
The CEO of the Oakridge Neighborhood, Teree Caldwell-Johnson says the victim was not a resident in the complex and was likely visiting friends.
If you have any further information, contact the Des Moines Police.