DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say a Des Moines man was shot early Friday morning while stopped at a stop sign.
A police report says 25-year-old Ronald Beard was shot in the back while he was a passenger in a friend’s car. Officials say his injuries are not life-threatening.
The shooting happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hubbell Ave. and E. Euclid Ave. Beard and the driver, Edward Kirby, were in the far right lane when Kirby says a vehicle pulled up next to them.
Kirby told police he turned to look at the vehicle and saw a gun, a flash, and heard around five to six shots being fired. Beard yelled at Kirby to go and told him he was hit.
Kirby took off heading the wrong way down E. Euclid until he reached E. 14th Street, then traveled to University Avenue and Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Kirby says the vehicle the shots were fired from followed them, but at some point stopped pursuit. He could only describe the suspect vehicle as a maroon or burgundy car.
The police report says Kirby and Beard had been at Prairie Meadows gambling before the shooting and weren’t aware if anyone had followed them from the casino.
When police were able to interview Beard in the hospital he told officers “that old dude just opened up fire.” He said he didn’t recognize the man.
The investigation into the shooting continues.