Infant Caught in Middle of Double Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that happened near Broadlawns Medical Center Monday afternoon.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. Police say two armed men were pounding on the door of 1620 Hickman and then pointed guns at a woman in the house, demanding money.  Cynthia Walden said inside was her daughter.

“She`s shaken, very shaken.  She said mom I don`t understand I don`t know what`s going on, they just kicked in my door and put a gun to her head and said give me all the money,” says Walden.

At the same time Walden said her daughter’s boyfriend pulled up to the home in a black car with the couple’s three month old daughter inside.

“My grand-baby was in the car when her dad was trying to get the person off of him, they shot him in the car and he was holding onto his baby,” says Walden.

The man was grazed by a bullet on his leg and was treated at the scene.

Police believe the car was shot at twice, once through the windshield the other through the trunk, missing the three month old.

“I thank God that there is a God that blessed my baby to make it out alive,” says Walden.

Police say that’s when the suspects ran away.

“It’s unknown if they were both armed or if just one was armed however both individuals fled southbound from that address,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax.

Police say it’s possible one of those suspects ended up about two blocks away on Lincoln Avenue.

A man was found there suffering from one possibly two gun shot wounds to his chest.

Police won’t say for sure if the man with the gunshot wound is in fact one of the suspects or how he ended up shot but have reason to believe the shootings are connected.

“Obviously we can`t say definitively if this was victim from up on Hickman Road but it seems very likely they`re tied together,” says Sgt. Halifax.

Walden says she’ll be saying extra prayers tonight that her family made it out okay.

“I say them everyday, everyday,” says Walden.

The suspects ran South, away from the home.

Police are still searching for a suspect or suspects in the case.


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