The Des Moines Police are reporting that Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 10:53 a.m., they responded to a shooting in the 21900 block of 29 Ave South (map below), where a 22-year old man was shot in the legs.
Police say that two acquaintances were walking on 29th Ave South when one asked the other for money. When the subject said he didn’t have any money, the other pulled out a handgun and started shooting. The victim was shot multiple times in the legs, then went to a nearby residence for assistance. A nearby parked vehicle was also struck by bullets. The shooter was last seen fleeing on foot northbound on 29th Ave South.
Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office were in the area of South 216th Street and Pacific Highway South. They were aware of the shooting in Des Moines and saw subject run into a nearby drug store with his hands raised over his head. Thinking this was suspicious, detectives located a Des Moines officer and told him about the suspicious subject. The two detectives and the Des Moines officer went to the drug store to look for the subject. Employees at the drug store said the subject had just gotten on the southbound Metro bus.
Officers located the Metro bus and stopped it in the 22400 block of Pacific Highway South. The subject that had been seen going into the drug store was detained. A witness to the shooting positively identified the subject as the shooter.
The 22-year old shooting victim was transported by ambulance to Valley Medical Center with serious injuries to his legs.
The 25-year old suspect is in custody and speaking with detectives. He will initially be booked at the SCORE Correctional Facility on felony assault charges and then transferred to the King County Jail in Seattle.