DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Police have identified the 15-year-old male who was shot and killed outside of East High school Monday afternoon. He is Des Moines resident, Jose David Lopez.
Lopez was walking along the sidewalk near the high school when multiple people in multiple vehicles shot him and the two females he was walking with. Police say he was the intended target of the shooting.
According to the Des Moines Police Department, six teens have been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting.
- 17-year-old Octavio Lopez
- 14-year-old Nyang Chamdual
- 16-year-old Manuel Buezo
- 16-year-old Romeo Perdomo
- 15-year-old Alex Perdomo
- 17-year-old Henry Valladares-Amaya
All of those charged are residents of Des Moines.
During the investigation, police say five residential search warrants were executed and six vehicle search warrants were executed. Six firearms were recovered.
Multiple 911 calls came in about the shooting around 2:48 p.m. reporting gunfire and saying there were multiple people injured. When law enforcement officers arrived, they found three teenage victims suffering from gunshot wounds and they were transported to local hospitals.
Jose David Lopez, who was not a student at East, died from his injuries. A 16-year-old female and an 18-year-old female, both students at East, were initially hospitalized in critical condition. The 16-year-old’s condition is now listed as serious.
Police say the shots were fired by multiple people in multiple vehicles. Investigators collected several shell casings from the scene.
According to police, within an hour of the shooting, almost all of the suspects were in custody. And within several hours all the suspects had been taken into custody.
Police have not released information about a possible motive in the shooting but have said some gang members were involved.
Multiple agencies assisted in the initial response and have helped with the investigation: Iowa State Patrol, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, FBI, and the Des Moines Public Schools Department of Public Safety.