Mother Claims Police Got Shooting Investigation Wrong

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines mother whose car was shot up last week says police got it wrong in their investigation, and the recent gun violence in her area has her fearing for her family's safety.

Police often see an uptick in gun violence this time of year. That has certainly been the case in the past few days in Des Moines.

While no one was hurt in last week's shooting, one mother fears it puts her family in danger.

Monica, who wished to only be identified by her first name, claims the bullets were only flying in one direction at her 18-year-old daughter who was driving her car.

“They were the victims in this. They were the ones being shot at,” claims Monica.

She asked us to only use her first name following threats she said her daughter has received since the shooting.

“It terrifies me. This is my youngest child and I couldn't imagine losing her,” said the Des Moines mom.

Witnesses reported seeing gunfire between a group of kids on the street and a passing car at 5th Avenue and Boston Avenue last Thursday evening. Four bullets hit the 2008 Chrysler 300 and a nearby house was shot twice.

“According to the witnesses, there was an exchange of gunfire. The evidence recovered at the scene indicates there probably was at least one or two weapons, maybe more,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

According to the report, surveillance video from a nearby house recorded what sounded like five rounds. Monica says they are all accounted for. The three bullets that went through her car, one that ricocheted off the top and hit a nearby house, plus the fifth bullet that made a direct hit on the home.

So far, police say the people involved or connected to the shooting aren't cooperating. No arrests have been made.

The Des Moines mother also says part of her concern is the father of a teenager shot and killed earlier this month lives in the area, which was mentioned in the police report.

She says that sparked all sorts of rumors that her daughter and friend had something to do with that case.

Recent Shootings

Des Moines police say an 18-year-old was shot Sunday night in a drive-by shooting near 22nd Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Just before noon Monday, authorities were called to the same area for shots fired.

Related: Police: ‘Some Sort of Connection’ Between Person in Recent Shooting and Kendall Foster


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