Des Moines school shooting today: Youth centre founder Will Keeps named as victim as three suspects arrested in mass shooting

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A shooting at a Des Moines, Iowa, non-profit organisation for urban youth has left two students dead and a teacher injured, according to police.

The shooting took place at a programme called Starts Right Here, which is affiliated with the Des Moines school district, the Associated Press reported. The programme is held at a business park in the city.

Police said “multiple suspects” were taken into custody about 20 minutes after the incident.

Three people were stopped in a vehicle and one attempted to run but was apprehended.

Sergeant Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department said that the shooting is a targeted incident.

What we know so far.

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Mayor calls gun violence a ‘growing and alarming phenomenon’

Des Moines, Iowa, has been experiencing a shocking run of violence, according to local officials, including a shooting Monday afternoon at a youth centre.

“This is a growing and an alarming phenomenon in our country and one we’ve seen too often in the past and again today in the city of Des Moines,” mayor Frank Cownie said during a city council meeting on Monday.

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

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 02:00

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Police looking at ‘most serious charges’ for Des Moines shooting

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

“We’ve got two people dead, so we’re looking at the most serious charges,” Police Sgt. Paul Parizek told CNN.

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 01:40

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Shooting victim includes activist with ties to top Iowa officials

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

Mr Keeps, a rapper and activist, won approval for his work from figures including Iowa governor Kim Reynolds.

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

(LinkedIn / Will Keeps)

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 01:20

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Youth centre founder injured in shooting: mayor

Two youth are dead and one person is injured folllowing a shooting at a Des Moines, Iowa, youth centre on Monday.

Mr Keeps was taken to the hospital in serious condition and taken into surgery, KCCI reports.

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 01:00

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‘Police cannot do it all,’ officer says after Des Moines shooting

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

Des Moines police sergeant Paul Parizek says stopping such tragedies goes beyond policing alone.

“We’ve got to get everybody around the table and start finding the solutions to this because the police cannot do it all,” he said on Monday, the New York Times reports. “We’re good at what we do, but that doesn’t give families any peace. That doesn’t give the friends of these kids any hope that it’s going to get any better. We need the support on that front side.”

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 00:40

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Des Moines experiencing ‘wave of violence’

A Monday morning shooting at a Des Moines, Iowa, youth centre sadly isn’t an isolated occurence.

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

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 00:20

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‘Again, again, and again’: Another week filled with mass shootings

Since Saturday’s shootings at Lunar New Year celebration in Southern California, there has been one mass shooting a day, including gun violence in Baton Rouge that injured a dozen people, and a shooting at a youth centre in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday morning.

Gun safety groups said the string of shootings was a reminder of America’s gun violence problem.

“Again, again, and again,” the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Two students have been killed and a teacher injured in a school shooting in Des Moines, Iowa. We’ve barely taken a breath and processed the shootings in Monterey Park and Baton Rouge—yet another community is now hurting.”

Josh Marcus24 January 2023 00:00

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Iowa legislators hold moment of silence

Lawmakers at the Iowa statehouse held a moment of silence on Monday in honour of two students who were fatally shot at a Des Moines youth centre earlier in the day.

Here’s a video of the poignant moment captured by reporter Ty Rushing.

Josh Marcus23 January 2023 23:40

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Senator praises ‘positive impact’ Starts Right Here had on Iowa youth

In the wake of a deadly shooting at Iowa education outreach centre Starts Right Here, Iowa officials are highlighting the work the programme did with at-risk Des Moines youth.

“I’m saddened to hear of the shooting at Starts Right Here in Des Moines,” US Senator for Iowa Joni Ernst wrote on Twitter. “I‘ve seen the positive impact Will Keeps and his staff have on young Iowans. Keeping all those impacted in my prayers.”

Josh Marcus23 January 2023 23:20

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Student’s father: ‘This has to stop’

Deandre Smith said his daughter goes to a youth program at Starts Right Here. She called him about the shooting.

Mr Smith said: “This has to stop”.

Oliver O’Connell23 January 2023 23:05

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