Police Respond To Four Shootings In Three Hours - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Police Respond To Four Shootings In Three Hours

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By: Claire Powell
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Four overnight shootings left one person in the hospital and cars and homes with significant damage.

The string of shootings happened blocks apart and within three hours of each other Monday. The close time frame has the Des Moines Police Department wondering if the cases are connected.

"Timeframe-wise, they're all suggesting they may be related. One at 5:52 p.m., 6:18, 7:05, 8:15… in less than three hours, you have four shootings," said Sergeant Jason Halifax, Des Moines Police Department.  

In the first shooting around 5:50 p.m. Calvetta Williams' car was peppered with bullets and her son and granddaughter were inside of the car.

"My granddaughter and my son almost got shot. I heard it was like 9-10 bullets so I was just like in a daze," said Williams. "He just put them all down, like I said, lucky that no one was hit."

In the second and third shootings, bullets went through living room windows. One family was returning home when they heard six shots and saw a bullet went through their front wall. Another bullet went into an in-home day care on Oakridge Drive. In both cases, no one was injured.

Police added that the winter conditions didn't help the investigations.  

"While there are indications of shots into a house, they're unable to find cartridge cases on the ground by the snow blowing. It gets covered, so put all the circumstances together and it becomes unusual," said Sgt. Halifax.

The last shooting was at 8:50 p.m. at the Git-N-Go on Keo Way.

Witnesses told police six men walked out of the store and began yelling at the 19-year-old victim.

Then one man from the group opened fire, hitting the victim in the right leg and buttocks. He was taken to Mercy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Without sufficient evidence, it's difficult for police to say if the cases are definitely connected.

"Right now no one is in custody at this point. The cases were given to a couple detectives to see if they're tied to or related to each other," said Sgt. Halifax.

For Williams, she says she says the "senseless violence" needs to stop.

"I still feel the same way, like this violence needs to end. The community needs to step up and cooperate with the police, you know, someone has to know who's shooting, driving around shooting," said Williams.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases, although police say they may have a few leads.

Police said they'll continue to monitor these cases to determine if a special unit will be needed in that area. 

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