Man Stabbed to Death, Two Injured Following Des Moines Fight

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- One man died and two other men were injured after a fight occurred early Sunday morning.

Des Moines police say they received a call on a fight near E. 16th St. and Dean Avenue around 5 a.m. The fight broke out during a party at a nearby residence and continued out into the street. Upon arrival, police found a 27-year-old male and a 23-year-old male suffering from stab wounds.

They were both taken to Mercy hospital, where the 27-year-old died. Police are considering the man's death a homicide. The 23-year-old is expected to be ok, according to police.

A third male victim in the fight, who was also stabbed, took himself to the Broadlawns Hospital around 1 p.m. Sunday. He is expected to survive.

A spokesperson from the Des Moines Police Department said the number of victims involved with in the stabbing is unusual and believes the stabbing was not random. Sgt. Jason Halifax said typically stabbings are much more personal than a shooting.

"When you’re looking at a stabbing, it's much more focused or directed. It's an assault towards someone. It's pretty unusual to have three separate victims from one occasion or from one event," said Sgt. Jason Halifax.

Investigators have interviewed approximately 13 witnesses so far. The names of everyone involved with this incident have not been released at this time.

There are currently no suspects and police say this will be a very difficult case to solve.

"We may very well have more than one suspect, that would then suggest there is possibly more than one knife involved as well," said Halifax.

This is the sixth homicide in Des Moines this year.