DES MOINES, Iowa -- A loud house party spilled over into a nearby parking lot overnight and ended in the shooting of a Des Moines teenager.
Police are now investigating whether the crime has ties to local gangs.
Officers were called to a house in the 3500 block of 27th Street around 1:30 a.m. after a neighbor called to complain about the noise. Police found about 50 people inside including some known gang members.
After breaking up the party, the gathering moved down the street to the Plaza Lanes parking lot. Gunfire was heard about an hour later.
“I heard seven. It woke me up because I was going to fall over on the ground,” said neighbor Artelia Hoffman.
Police found eight 9-mm shell casings in the parking lot. One of the rounds hit 18-year-old Catrell Green in the foot. He showed up at Broadlawns a short time later. Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting is linked to gang activity.
“Some of the people in the parking last night are associated with the Heavy Hitters,” Halifax said.
At this point, police can’t say what the motive was in the shooting or if it was connected to gang activity.
“Without the victims saying yes, it was this guy, this gang, it isn’t always clear that it was a direct link,” Halifax said.
“I'm just glad it didn't turn out as bad as it could have been,” Hoffman said.
Officers arrested 20-year-old William Patty on the charge of Disorderly House. Police say Patty was the victim of a shooting in march. Green, his cousin, was the one shot overnight.