Des Moines Police Identify Homicide Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the name of the man killed in Des Moines’ ninth homicide of 2018.

Twenty-eight-year-old Aaron John Ross of Des Moines died after a shooting Sunday.

Officers were called to the 1200 block of E. 13th Street at 1:17 p.m. Sunday on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Ross had been shot. He was transported to a Des Moines hospital for treatment but died from his injuries.

Police canvased the area of the shooting and used a K-9 to try to track a potential suspect in the shooting.

“You know, when this call came out there was one officer that was extremely close. So he was able to get there really quickly and get a lot of good information about which direction the suspect ran. So we brought the dog out, the dog did pick a scent up and followed it for a short time and then the scent was lost. That’s unfortunate. Those things do happen, but we recovered a lot of evidence, some of it along that track. We’ve got a lot of good pieces we are putting together right now. The witness statements are really helpful to us,”  Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said.

Police say Ross was sitting inside a parked vehicle when the shooting happened. A 25-year-old female and two children under the age of 10 were also in the vehicle. They were not injured in the shooting.

“It is amazing to me that he was the only person who was hit in that car. When you have multiple rounds fired into a car and you’ve got two children sitting in the back seat and another adult sitting up front and nobody else was shot, it’s a miracle," Parizek said.

Parizek said investigators are not sure why the shooting happened, but the circumstances lead them to believe Ross was targeted.

“There’s nothing to indicate to us exactly why this crime occurred and why this victim was targeted. He certainly was targeted. I mean, the number of gunshots fired in this incident, directly at this victim, it certainly indicates to us that he was the one being sought out,” Parizek said.

Police say they are continuing to interview witnesses in the case and their investigation is ongoing.