SHOTS FIRED: Gunfire After Rival Basketball Game

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Gunfire followed a Friday night basketball game between two crosstown rivals.

A witness told Des Moines Police she saw a Jeep with six men pull up and start yelling outside of Des Moines North after the game against Roosevelt, according to the police report.

She said they yelled ‘C-Block’ and ‘32’, both known gang-affiliated terms.  The men then fired six shots, one of which hit a 15-year-old girl in the buttocks.

Officers said several fights broke out during and after the game.  Officers did not say whether they think the fights are related to the shooting.

Des Moines Police said they do not have any suspects in the shooting at this time.

Phil Roeder of the Des Moines School District released a statement on Saturday about the overnight shooting.

“At this point, the police investigation is underway and there seems to be some uncertainty over what did or did not happen last night.  Safety at our schools is always a top priority and we’ll be cooperating with the Des Moines Police Department any way we can,” Roeder said in his statement.


  • Madison

    I would like to note that all the fights were Roosevelt parents or students and not North students parents or alumni. C block and 32 is a gang based in the Roosevelt area.

  • Susan

    For pete’s sake. This is DES MOINES…not Chicago. We shouldn’t have these kinds of problems. I guess when we decided we wanted to become a ‘major metropolitan area’ and support things like Jordan Creek and West Glen, we had to take all of the bad parts of being a major metro area like gangs, shootings, and guns at high school basketball games. When I was growing up in a typical farming community, you might have a fist fight between kids from rival schools. That’s all it was though. No brass knuckles, no knives and certainly no guns (even thought most of the boys had their hunting rifle in the back window of their pickup). Boys were honest and brave enough to jump into a one on one fight and give, or receive, a black eye or bloody nose. then everyone went their separate ways. Today’s youth seem to think it is some badge of honor to sneak up on some other guy and shoot him. I don’t see any courage there. They don’t seem to care who else they murder in the process either. Just shoot into a crowd of people while driving by, then take off. Real brave. I guess you can’t just blame the young people. Sounds like the parents who bothered to stick around to raise their kids aren’t much better.

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