2 teen students killed in gang-related shooting at Des Moines school; Suspect in custody

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Des Moines news, Iowa news.

Authorities in Des Moines, Iowa made an arrest over Monday's deadly shooting at a local outreach center, an incident they believe was gang-related.

Two students, aged 16 and 18, were fatally shot and an adult, identified as rapper and founder of the non-profit organization Will Keeps, sustained injuries in the shooting at Starts Right Here.

Police tracked down a suspicious vehicle that left the scene shortly after the shooting, at around 1 p.m. and arrested three people including the main suspect, 18-year-old Preston Walls.

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  • Investigators said that Keeps was attempting to escort Walls from the school when he produced a 9mm handgun and shot the man and the two students.

    The incident appears to be related to an ongoing gang feud. Police said all three teens were gang members.

    “We are heartbroken and angry that two of our students were shot and killed this afternoon.” the Starts Right Here Board of Directors said in a statement.

    “Will Keeps, founder and president of Starts Right Here, a nonprofit educational program, was also shot and is in surgery tonight. Our prayers are with Will, and the families and friends of all those involved in this tragedy.”