DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say two students were killed and a teacher was wounded Monday in a shooting at a Des Moines school on the edge of the city’s downtown.
The shooting took place at an educational program called Starts Right Here affiliated with the Des Moines School District.
Police say emergency crews were called to the school, which is in a business park, just before 1 p.m. Officers found two students with serious injuries, and they immediately began CPR. Both the students died in the hospital. The condition of the injured teacher is serious and she was operated on Monday afternoon.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, officers stopped a car matching the description of witnesses about two miles away and took three suspects into custody, police said. Police said one of the suspects fled in a car, but officers were able to track the man down using a K-9.
“The incident was definitely targeted. It was not accidental. There was nothing accidental about it,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek.
The Starts Right Here program, which helps at-risk youth, was founded by Will Holmes, a rapper who goes by the stage name Will Keeps.
Gov. Kim Reynolds, who serves on an advisory board for Starts Right Here, said she was “shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting.”
“I have seen firsthand how hard Will Keeps and his staff work to help at-risk children through this alternative education program,” Reynolds said in a statement. “My heart breaks for them, for these children and their families. Kevin and I are praying for their safety and recovery.”
Nicole Krantz said her office near the school was locked shortly after the shooting, and she saw someone fleeing the building with police on foot and in patrol cars.
“We just saw a lot of police cars coming from everywhere,” Krantz told the Des Moines Register. “It’s terrible. We’re all worried. We went on lockdown, obviously. We were all told to stay away from windows because we weren’t sure if they’d caught the guy.”