Teen arrested, charged with murder in Des Moines shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A teenager is in custody in connection with one of the city’s most recent homicides. 

Des Moines police say 17-year-old Danil James Deng is charged in adult court with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and carrying weapons.

Police say Deng was in possession of a gun when detectives questioned him Wednesday. They tell us a preliminary examination of the weapon connected it to the scene of the shooting.

The arrest is linked to an incident that happened Monday night just after 8:00 p.m. That’s when gunshots were heard in the 1400 block of East 17th Street. When police arrived, they found three shooting victims.

Two were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries but Frederick McCuller II died at the scene.

The investigation into the shooting continues.

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