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Des Moines Police Identify Roosevelt Student Shot in Head

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A shooting Monday night has left a Des Moines teenager fighting for his life and now police are asking for people who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward.

"We're pretty sure that at one of the busiest intersections in the City of Des Moines, somebody has surely seen something that may be helpful to us to help us solve this," said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Officers were called to Iowa Methodist Medical Center around 6:15 p.m. Monday after 14-year-old Yore Jieng of Des Moines was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and brought to the hospital.

Officials say the teen was a passenger in a car that was shot at in the 1100 block of Keo Way. The driver of the vehicle, a family member, drove straight to the hospital after the shooting occurred.

Police don’t know what prompted the shooting or even whether Jieng was a target. A window of the nearby Earlham Savings Bank was shot out and another bullet hit a window frame at the bank.

Jieng, a student at Roosevelt High School, remains in critical condition. Police say all indications show that he's a "good kid." Classmates were told about his injury and asked to keep him their prayers.

"The principal made an announcement this morning about it. Just not to believe the rumors, make sure he's OK," said freshman Alex Ody.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the shooting, 12th and Keo, around 6:15 p.m. Monday to contact them and share whether they may have seen anything that might help police determine how the shooting unfolded.

"We don't know if the person who fired these shots was actually targeting this young man. We don't know if they were in a car, on foot, that's why we need some information from the community," said Parizek.

You can contact police at 283-4868.