According to a police news release, Walls, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder (two counts), one count of attempted murder and one count of criminal gang participation. Police added that the deceased victims were males, ages 18 and 16.
William Holmes, a rapper known as “Will Keeps,” was the injured employee, police said, adding that he is the founder and CEO of the school. According to KCCI, the deceased victims are 18-year-old Gionni Dameron and 16-year-old Rashad Carr.
NEW: Des Moines Police say 18-year-old Gionni Dameron and 16-year-old Rashad Carr were killed in the shooting yesterday at “Starts Right Here” nonprofit in Des Moines.
18-year-old Preston Walls is charged with murder.
— James Stratton KCCI (@JStrattonKCCI) January 24, 2023
“Far too often, our community comes together to mourn the loss of life in our city,” Des Moines police wrote on their Facebook page.
“Today, we again all grieve together after a senseless tragedy at one of our educational centers. A safe space shattered by gunfire. Another day supporting families impacted as young lives are lost,” they wrote.
“The heartache, frustration, and determination of our first responders shows in their faces. As our resources are stretched, they continue to find more to give.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Walls, a Gang Member, Possessed a Handgun With an Extended Ammunition Magazine, Police Say
In the news release, police wrote that Walls “was present, along with all three victims, at Starts Right Here. Walls had in his possession a 9mm handgun with an extended ammunition magazine.”
According to police, Walls “entered into a common area where all three victims were located and Holmes, the organization’s administrator, attempted to escort Walls from the area. Walls pulled away from Holmes, pulled the handgun and began to shoot both teenage victims.”
Holmes was standing nearby and was also shot, police wrote, adding that Walls then “fled the scene on foot.”
Police saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and stopped it, according to police, who say Walls fled from the vehicle. He was located a short time later and taken into …read more