DES MOINES, Iowa — The names of two teenagers shot and killed inside of Des Moines’ Starts Right Here education center on Monday are now being made public.
Des Moines Police say Gionni Dameron, 18, and Rashad Carr, 16, died in the shooting. Both Dameron and Carr were students at Starts Right Here, which offers alternative education to at-risk teens in Des Moines.
Starts Right Here founder and CEO Will Keeps was also shot. Keeps is hospitalized and recovering from his injuries, according to a statement from his family.
Preston Walls, 18, faces charges of murder and gang participation on suspicion of killing Dameron and Carr.
According to criminal complaint, Walls shot Dameron and Carr multiple times inside of the Starts Right Here facility, including shooting Carr as he tried to escape.
Walls appeared in a Polk County courtroom Tuesday to learn of his charges and bond amount.
Police say Walls, like Dameron and Carr, was a member of the Starts Right Here program.
Two other people arrested in connection with the shooting were released without charges.
Police believe the shooting is gang-related, since they say Walls, Dameron, and Carr are all affiliated with gangs.