Updated Mar 7, 2022 - News

Shooting outside Des Moines' East High School leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

A police officer walks toward his vehicle outside East High School in Des Moines.

Police respond to reports of a shooting outside of East High School in Des Moines on Monday. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

A teenager was killed and two others were critically injured in a shooting outside of a high school in Des Moines Monday afternoon, according to police.

Driving the news: Several suspects have been detained following the shooting outside of East High School on Monday, Des Moines Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Parizek told Axios.

What happened: Three teenagers were shot at around 2:40pm on school grounds by the west side of the building, Parizek said. Shots were fired from a passing vehicle, he said.

  • Police haven't yet identified the victims, and it remains unclear if they're students.
  • Multiple streets in the area remain blocked off.

The latest: School is canceled for Tuesday, according to Des Moines Public Schools.

  • A grief team will be available for students and staff throughout the week.

What they're saying: "I think we can all agree an event like this is everyone's worst nightmare. Tonight, hug your students and love them," East High principal Jill Versteed told parents Monday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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