Des Moines, Iowa, police are baffled at the increase of shootings over this Memorial Day holiday weekend. Police authorities are trying to determine what the contributing factor is regarding the shootings. Sgt. David Coy told the The Des Moines Register, “We can’t put a finger on anything in general as to what’s doing this.”
Daniel Petria who was riding in the back of a car with three friends just before midnight Saturday night was shot in the head by an apparent drive by shooter. Petria is listed in serious condition at Mercy’s intensive care unit. Petrie’s aunt, Connie Petrie told The Des Moines Register that her nephew could be paralyzed. “I just hope and pray they find out who it is,” she said, as reported by The Des Moines Register.
Lorando Williams was arrested Saturday afternoon after authorities received reports that shots had been fired. Police who had responded to the call stated that there had been no injuries. However bullet holes had been found in the siding of the house as well as in the porch window. Once the police arrived other shots had been fired. Officers on the call alleged that the shots were fired in their direction. Police who went on a chase to apprehend the shooter lost sight down an alleyway. Later that evening, calls coming into the police station that matched the suspects description came in. Williams was arrested and the case is being treated as attempted murder although Williams has not been formally charged, as reported by The Des Moines Register.
Saturday morning police authorities were called to the scene at the Kum & Go convenience store parking lot where one man, James Brown was sent to the Broadlawns Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Police located six shell casings in the parking lot. The manager of the store told officers that two dark colored cars pulled into the parking lot and two men started shooting at one another. The condition of Brown is unknown as of today and police are searching for suspects, as reported by The Des Moines Register.
Babriel Boettger notified police that people in a blue and white Chevy Blazer shot at him three to four times while he was pulling into his driveway with his children Sunday morning. No one was injured during the incident, police did however find shell casings on the road and Boettger’s tire had been flattened. Boettger did tell the police that a person was at the gas station that fit the description of the shooter, which was a white male between the ages of 18-20. Officers will be looking at the surveillance video to see if anyone fits the description as reported by The Des Moines Register.
Sgt. David Coy told The Des Moines Register the police are “not sure if any of the shootings are connected or could cause retaliation.” He told the Register: “On three-day weekends we do see an increase in certain activities – parties, drinking and noise complaints – and that all plays a part I supposed, but it’s hard to say.”
SOURCE : Police see increase in shootings over holiday weekend – Tom Barton – The Des Moines Register
SOURCE : Des Moines Police Department Website