Des Moines shooting today – latest: Teen charged with murder as rapper who founded school identified as victim

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An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting at the Des Moines, Iowa, nonprofit for urban youth, which left two students dead and injured a teacher.

Police say the teenager has been identified as student Preston Walls and has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Walls was on probation before trial for possession of weapons and had removed an anklet 16 minutes before going to school with a gun and confronting the two student victims.

Two teenagers – an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old man – were killed in the attack.

Walls and the two students all had gang affiliations and belonged to opposing gangs.

The injured man has been identified as the program’s founder, William Holmes, 49, a rapper who left behind a life of violence and dedicated himself to helping young people in Des Moines.

In a statement, Des Moines Police Department Sergeant Paul Parizek said the shooting was a targeted incident.

But added that the motive for the shooting was unknown.

What we know so far.

Follow the latest updates.

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Police identify shooter

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Police say the teenager has been identified as student Preston Walls and has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Walls was on probation before trial for possession of weapons and had removed an anklet 16 minutes before going to school with a gun and confronting the two student victims.

Police said Walls and the two students all had gang affiliations and belonged to opposing gangs.

A law enforcement officer walks past the Starts Right Here building, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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sravasti dasguptaJanuary 24, 2023 3:56 a.m.

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Keep track of details on another major shoot

Sadly, Des Moines isn’t the only community reeling from a mass shooting.

Over the weekend, 11 people were killed in Southern California at a dance hall on the eve of the Lunar New Year.

Our journalists followed all the details.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 06:00

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ICYMI: Two students killed, teacher injured in Des Moines shooting with ‘multiple suspects’ in custody

The shooting took place as part of a program called Starts Right Here, which is affiliated with the Des Moines School District, the Associated Press reported. The program takes place in a business park in the city.

Police said three suspects are in custody. Authorities were called to the facility around 1 p.m. local time and performed CPR on the two students, who later died in hospital. The teacher was listed in serious condition, according to the AP.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 05:00

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Police speak out against growing gun violence in Iowa

Local officials are shocked after a shooting killed two and injured a third at a youth center in Des Moines, Iowa.

The three suspects in the shooting are themselves youths, according to Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

“It brings a total of five families of teenagers affected by youth gun violence within minutes on a Monday afternoon, right here in our capital,” he said. said. “This is a growing and alarming phenomenon in our country and one we have seen far too often in the past and still today in the city of Des Moines.”

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 04:00

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Injured Des Moines shooting victim is the founder of a youth center

Will Keeps, the rapper and activist who founded the Starts Right Here youth center where the Des Moines shooting took place, was injured in the violence, KCCI reports.

Mr. Keeps, who grew up exposed to gang violence in Chicago, started the program as a safe haven for at-risk youth.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 03:00

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Mayor calls gun violence a ‘growing and alarming phenomenon’

Des Moines, Iowa, has seen a series of shocking violence, according to local officials, including a Monday afternoon shooting at a youth center.

“This is a growing and alarming phenomenon in our country and one that we have seen too often in the past and still today in the city of Des Moines,” Mayor Frank Cownie said Monday at a meeting. of the city council.

There have been at least 10 homicides since December, according to the newspaper, including the police killing of a 16-year-old.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 02:00

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Police review ‘most serious charges’ for Des Moines shooting

Police have three suspects in custody linked to a shooting Monday at a youth center in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We have two people dead, so we are looking at the more serious charges,” Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said. told CNN.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 1:40 a.m.

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Shooting victim includes activist with ties to senior Iowa officials

One of those affected by the violence in Des Moines on Monday is activist Will Keeps, founder of the Starts Right Here center where the shooting took place.

Mr. Keeps, a rapper and activist, has gained endorsement for his work from figures such as Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Last year, Mr. Keeps shared a photo on LinkedIn of the governor visiting him at home.

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Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 1:20 a.m.

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Founder of a youth center with gunshot wounds: Major

Two youths are dead and one person is injured following a shooting at a youth center in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.

Mr Keeps was taken to hospital in serious condition and operated on, KCCI reports.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 01:00

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‘Police can’t do everything,’ officer says after Des Moines shooting

It’s a familiar scene across America: a shooting occurs and a community begins to search for answers.

Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek says stopping such tragedies goes beyond just policing.

“We need to get everyone around the table and start finding solutions to this because the police can’t do everything,” he said. said Monday, the New York Times reports. “We are good at what we do, but that does not reassure the families. This gives the children’s friends no hope that things will get better. We need support from that side.

Josh MarkusJanuary 24, 2023 12:40 a.m.

Des Moines shooting today – latest: Teen charged with murder as rapper who founded school identified as victim

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