One Person Killed, Another Injured in Downtown Des Moines Shooting

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Des Moines Police investigate a shooting along Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

Des Moines Police investigate a shooting along Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – One person is dead following an early morning shooting in the Court Avenue District of downtown Des Moines.

Police responded to 3rd Street at Court Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting. Officers located two victims on the scene.

Edmanuel Perez, 21, of Des Moines, later died at a local hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained. The other victim, Andrew Hurley-Boyd, 23, also of Des Moines, remains hospitalized. His condition has not been released.

No suspect has been taken into custody, but officials say they have a lot to go off of.

“It was crowded down there, it was a Saturday night on a holiday weekend, it was quite a chaotic scene,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek of Des Moines Police. “The officers that responded, they did a great job securing the crime scene and preserving the evidence and identifying some witnesses. We had several that were transported down to speak to some witnesses. They’ve provided us with some good information and some great leads.”

This is the 17th homicide of the year in Des Moines. While many of this year’s homicides have claimed the lives of young adults, Sgt. Parizek says there’s no way to identify a pattern that police could learn to work off and prevent these kind of incidents.

“We look at every homicide as its own, specific incident,” he said. “You know, you have to look at the contributing factors for each of them to figure out why they happened. If we can identify a trend or patten, we definitely mix up our policing strategies to address those. But right now, this looks like it was just a dispute in a bar. Somebody happened to have a gun, and you know, it just rose to that level.”

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