Three people have been taken into custody, accused of a shooting at a Des Moines charter school that killed two students and wounded a staffer in what police described as a targeted shooting at the school, the Des Moines Register reports.
The shooting, at the Starts Right Here center, which bills itself as an educational mentorship site, happened around 1 p.m. in the school. The only details known are that the students were found with fatal gunshot wounds, but died later at an area hospital. The staffer, whose position at the school was not detailed, is in serious condition.
The three suspects were caught during a traffic stop about two miles from the school. One of the suspects attempted to flee, but was brought down by a K-9 canine officer. Police have not announced a motive, if the suspects were connected with the charter school, or how the suspects got into the school. The homicides are the ninth and tenth murders in Des Moines so far this year. It’s the sixth school shooting and the first with fatalities in the US in 2023.