One Suspect In Custody Following Double Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have arrested one man in connection with a double shooting that happened Monday on Des Moines’ north side.

Police found two people with gunshot wounds near Broadlawns Medical Center about two blocks apart.

On Tuesday, police arrested  32-year-old Tyree Young. He faces first degree robbery and first degree burglary charges.

Police said it all started at a home in the 1600 block of Hickman Road when Young, who was armed, and another suspect broke down a door and demanded money from the woman inside.

The woman ran outside and the two suspects started beating her as her boyfriend and the couple’s three-month-old daughter were pulling up to the home.

Police said two shots were fired at the vehicle, one narrowly missing the child, the second grazing the boyfriend’s leg. The boyfriend fired two shots back, hitting Young in the chest.

Young and the other suspect ran south towards Lincoln Avenue, where Young collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He was released and booked into the Polk County Jail at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are still looking for the second suspect.  “We do know who he is, we have not located him yet but we are actively searching for him,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

Police said the public isn’t in danger because they don’t think this was a random act of violence. “Typically speaking what we see mostly is when these crimes happen there is something specific they`re after drugs, money, things like that,” Sgt Halifax said. “We`re confident that this incident is isolated just to this residence.”

The man who fired back at Young will not be charged, since it was considered self-defense.

This isn’t the first time police have been called to the home.  In the last six months, police have visited the residence nine times for a variety of reason including parking violations to burglary.

1 Comment

  • wes snipes

    We need to legalize all drugs…that way this won’t be such an isolated incident and it’ll help us become a stronger society that’s hooked on drugs.

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