PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — A Des Moines man is facing numerous charges, including two counts of attempted murder, following three shootings in Pleasant Hill Monday morning.
Pete Polson, 32, is accused of opening fire at three different locations, injuring two people during the shooting spree.
Polson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. According to police, he also faces two counts of willful injury, three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm as a felon.
He was taken into custody shortly after 7 a.m. Monday near NE 45th Court and NE 19th Avenue in Des Moines.
Police described the shootings as "random." They admit incidents like these are rarely random. But they have been unable to find any connection between Polson and the three men he targeted. "The only thing that seems to tie is the shooter," said Officer Adam Choat, public information officer for Pleasant Hill police.
Choat said Polson targeted the men in a 12-minute shooting spree across the city. Here was the timetable:
6:32a.m.--Man shot while cleaning off his vehicle at 470 Ridgewood
6:36a.m.--Man shot while clearing ice from his vehicle at 380 Benjamin Boulevard
6:45a.m.--Man dodged bullets while trying to give a book bag to his child at 2100 Fountain Crest. He wasn't injured.
Choat said that uninjured man was able to give a description of Polson's green SUV to authorities. A state trooper received the emergency alert that provided a description of that vehicle. That trooper, aided by deputies, apprehended Polson.
Melanie Skelton watched her neighbor getting taken by ambulance after getting shot on Ridgewood. "It's kind of scary," she said of what happened.
"I thought someone had a heart attack or something like that," she said.
The two victims are being treated at Des Moines-area hospitals.
The incident comes after a threat was made on social media app Yik Yak Sunday. A greater police presence was planned for Monday at Southeast Polk High School before the shootings.
Police and school officials said there are no ties between the suspect and the school and believe the shootings are unrelated to the social media threats.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and ATF are assisting with the investigation.