Police Investigating Shooting That Injured Two People

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Two people were injured in a shooting early Tuesday morning on Des Moines’ northwest side.

"It sounded close," said Shantoria Young.

Young was up with her 4-month-old son when she heard the gunfire.

"It was almost you know, in my backyard," she said.

Police say the shooting at Merle Hay and Aurora happened at 12:47 a.m., when a vehicle traveling southbound on Merle Hay was shot at by occupants of a car that pulled up next to it. A male and female were injured in the shooting, with one being shot in the foot and the other the buttock.

Police say the shooting was the result of an argument at a party earlier.

"Somehow these cars met in traffic. I don't know if one was followed. We don't know how they came to meet, but they met," said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek

Officers were investigating the scene when they received a call at 1:13 a.m. from Methodist Hospital that the two shooting victims had shown up seeking treatment. Neither of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

No one has been arrested, but police say they do have a suspect.

"We ran into a little problem getting straight stories from people, but I think we made our way through the mud and will be able to charge somebody here shortly," said Parizek.


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