The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that early Saturday morning (April 16), a 26-year old woman was hit in what they believe to be a gang-related shooting in the north parking lot of the marina.
Police say that at about 5:50 a.m. they received numerous 911 calls reporting several gunshots being fired and a woman screaming in the parking lot.
When officers arrived, they located a group of individuals who said that someone shot at them.
Other officers stopped a vehicle as it was leaving the marina that was alleged to have the shooter inside.
“There was an exchange of words between two groups and there were claims of gang affiliation,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. “This escalated into an argument and one of the groups responded by throwing bottles at the other group. The other group responded to the bottle throwing with gunfire.”
A 26-year old female was struck in the lower leg by a bullet. She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening wounds.
Police say that suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions are extremely limited. The vehicle the officers stopped as it was leaving the marina contained people that were involved in the incident but not the alleged shooter.
People involved in the incident are not cooperating with the investigation.