DES MOINES, IA — Two students are dead and a teacher is injured following a shooting at a community outreach center for at-risk youth.
The shooting was reported on Monday at the Starts Right Here Charter school at 455 SW 5th St.
All three shooting victims were taken to an area hospital where the two students later died from their injuries.
The teacher is said to be in serious condition.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, Des Moines Police Department detectives reported that they took three suspects into custody following a traffic stop near MacRae Park.
Starts Right Here is a Des Moines Public Schools “community partner” serving “40-50 DMPS students at any given time, with DMPS providing educational programming.”
Iowa State Education Association President Mike Beranek released a statement following the shooting calling it a societal issue:
“Tragedy has once again struck close to home. Our hearts go out to the victims, families, and school community at Starts Right Here as they endure the unthinkable. We implore our elected leaders to consider effective strategies to eliminate gun violence and pursue concrete solutions that will keep our students, educators, and communities safe. Our schools need to be bastions of safety, not the recipients of violence. This needs to end. As a nation, we need to recognize this is a societal issue seeping into our schools.”