DES MOINES, IOWA — The woman who was shot and killed on Monday in Des Moines has been identified as 23-year-old Aleah Rose Johnson of Windsor Heights.

Police say Johnson was riding in a car with 22-year-old Malik Henderson when he fired a gun and struck her. Johnson was dropped off at Methodist Hospital around 11:29 om where she died from her injury.

Henderson is charged with 2nd Degree Murder for Johnson’s death. Another passenger in the vehicle, Kha Len Richard Price Williams, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

From what police initially feared would be a slow moving case, the investigation turned a corner overnight.

“We had some evidence and investigative leads that came in and the pace really picked up and within eight hours we had the evidence that we needed to charge the people that we believe are responsible for her death. That’s important,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department.

The Des Moines Police said that they were pleased to get both individuals in custody so quickly.

“Obviously we want to clear these cases as quickly as we can, we don’t want dangerous people on the streets. But from the perspective of what we can do for the victim’s family and friends, this is the first step getting that justice and helping them along in their grieving process,” said Parizek.

Parizek added that his officers have taken over 500 guns off of the street this year. He also said that the department has cleared 60 of the last 61 homicides in the city, something he accredits to the detectives.

“We would rather not be investigating these crimes,” said Parizek. “But we hope that the community finds some comfort in the fact that when they happen you have the best detectives in the nation working these cases.”