Mar 8, 2022 - News

New details emerge from deadly shooting at Des Moines high school

Shooting scene from East High School

Police investigate a shooting shooting outside of East High School in Des Moines on Monday. Photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes/ USA Today Network

Neighborhood security footage gave Des Moines police more insight into what transpired before and after a deadly shooting at East High School on Monday, court documents obtained by Axios show.

State of play: A home security camera near the school showed five teens, including the 15-year-old boy who was killed and two others who were injured, gathered near a curb at the 800 block of 13th Street Monday afternoon.

  • Three vehicles initially drove past the group and then returned a second time, closely behind one another. Multiple shots were fired at the group from inside the cars, which then drove off, according to the filings.
  • Around 20 spent shell casings were found at the scene and 15 more were later found from the vehicles, per the court documents.

Plus: Detectives were "very familiar" with the three vehicles, Sgt. Paul Parizek, spokesperson for DMPD, told Axios. Police traced them back to a home in the 1800 block of 23rd Street.

  • Police also obtained security footage from near the home, which captured the three vehicles leaving from before the shooting and returning right after, according to court documents.

The latest: Police on Tuesday named Jose David Lopez as the 15-year-old victim who was killed. He was not a student in the Des Moines school district.

What they're saying: Parizek said it's unclear why the teens were gathered outside at the time of the shooting.

  • He said that while the shooting happened at a school, it was not a "school shooting," adding that Lopez was targeted by the suspects.
  • "It could have just as easily happened at 2:48 in the morning at somebody's house," he said.

The bottom line: The footage helped identify the people in the cars and subsequent interviews led to the arrests of six teens, who are facing murder charges.


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