DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured.
Police were called to Iowa Lutheran Hospital early Wednesday morning on a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers interviewed the victim, 45-year-old Jerome Johnson Sr., who told them the shooting happened near 21st Street and University shortly after 1:00 a.m.
Johnson said he left work at State Steel around 1:00 a.m. and went to visit a friend in the area of 21st Street and University. After he found out his friend wasn’t home he got lost and ended up at a dead end.
Police say Johnson told them he saw another vehicle leaving the dead end and followed it, hoping the driver would know the way out of the area. Johnson said the vehicle stopped abruptly ahead of him and a man jumped out of the back of the vehicle and began shooting at his car.
Johnson backed up quickly and sped away. He stopped at the Git n Go at 22nd and University to change a tire that had been hit by a bullet and that’s when he realized he’d been shot in the shoulder.
After changing the tire he went home and his girlfriend took him to the hospital.
Police say Johnson described the suspect vehicle as a black four-door, possibly a Lexus. He also told police the shooter was a black male.
Investigators discovered bullet casings where Johnson told them the shooting happened.
No arrests have been made in the case.