Man shot in hand in Des Moines Thursday; shooter escapes


The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that a man was shot in the hand Thursday afternoon (Nov. 13) in the 22100 block of 30th Ave South, near Midway Park.

The man was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

This is the second shooting in two consecutive days in Des Moines (read about the previous one here).

According to Public Information Officer Sgt. Doug Jenkins, the victim and a relative were walking to the park when they were approached by three males. One of the suspects said something to the victim that he didn’t understand. The victim turned around and a handgun was pointed at him. The victim grabbed the gun and it went off, striking him in the hand. The three suspects fled southbound on foot through the park and onto 30th Ave S.

Two nearby schools and nursing home went into lockdown for precautionary reasons. Once it was determined the suspects were no longer in the area the schools and nursing home were told the could resume business as usual.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of a non life threatening wound.

Officers searched the area for the suspects but were not able to locate them.

The victim and his relative are not cooperating in the investigation and the suspect descriptions that have been provided are minimal.

“We were told the suspects are three light skinned males,” Jenkins said. “No approximate ages or clothing descriptions were provided.”


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