Des Moines, IA — Several people had to be taken to the hospital after a drive-by shooting brought a violent end to a party on Des Moines’ east side.
Des Moines Police said a number of people were standing near the street in the 1200 block of Sampson Street shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when someone fired multiple shots into the crowd from a vehicle.
Six people had to be take to the hospital, according to police. They’ve only been identified as three males and three females between the ages of 16 and 20- years-old. Police said all the victims are in stable condition.
A man who lives down the street described what he saw.
“There was a house party around here and like the kids were in the middle of the street listening to music and stuff and dancing and stuff. And like ten to 15 minutes later there was like five to six gun shots and stuff,” neighbor Andrew Boway said.
Boway said the minute he heard the shots he started running to get back to his house.
“I was just walking down the sidewalk and heard gunshots and started running,” Boway said.
Another neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous said she also heard the shots.
“Shortly after there like maybe like a minute or so I see police officers driving very fast down the street and that just made me think that I heard what I heard. Because usually there are people doing fireworks,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said the neighborhood is no stranger to gun violence.
“We’ve had a drive-by shooting at our home. We had six bullets in our home and this was five and half years ago and I still have remnants of that night. When we do hear gunfire, it disturbs me because I don’t know if someone is getting hurt or not,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said she wishes the senseless violence would end.
“There are a great number of children in our neighborhood which concerns me a great deal because they’re going to many different places at many different times when maybe they shouldn’t be and could be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Which is a scary thought,” the neighbor said.
The shooting remains under investigation.