Des Moines Police ID Victim of Fatal Friday Shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  Police have released the name of the victim killed in a shooting on Friday afternoon.

Jeffrey Sifrido Mercado, 23, died from a gunshot wound.

Jeffrey Mercado (WHO-HD)

The incident happened in broad daylight in the 1800 block of Oakland Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday.

"I'm really confused about what's going on right now," said Martell Bolden, a neighborhood resident.

River Bend neighborhood residents were still in shock after the shooting.

"Someone from inside a vehicle fired several shots at him, one of which we know for certain struck him," said Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department.

The shooting turned into the Des Moines' 19th homicide of the year, with two suspects quickly fleeing the scene before they were apprehended.  Sergeant Parizek said, "There was a short chase.  They crashed at 6th and Madison and two of them ran on foot."

The suspects have now been identified as Miguel Angel Lorenzo-Baltazar, 19, and Anthony Garcia, 22, both of Des Moines. They each face first degree murder charges, and additional charges may follow.

Miguel Angel Lorenzo-Baltazar and Anthony Garcia (WHO-HD)

The area is not foreign to gunfire, but has been quiet this summer.

Bolden said, "We've had some trouble in this neighborhood. We had a shooting in the corner earlier this year."

This time the violence was even closer to home for Bolden, a father, who found a shell casing on his doorstep.

"Normally we'd be out here playing football.  If I didn't have errands to run we would have been out in the middle of this, so that is definitely frightening."

While eight of this year's homicides have yielded zero arrests and uncooperative witnesses, police commend the River Bend community that refused to turn a blind eye to a senseless killing.  Parizek said, "When they come forward right away and give us that information, this is a perfect example.  We had those suspects spotted within minutes and in custody not too long after that. That's the way it should work."

Extra police patrolling will be now present throughout the neighborhood.

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