2 students dead and nonprofit founder injured


DES MOINES, Iowa, —  Two teenage students were killed Monday and a man was seriously injured in what police said was a targeted shooting at an alternative educational program in Des Moines, Iowa, designed to keep at-risk youth away from trouble.

Authorities confirmed Monday that one man had been charged in the shooting, and two other people remained in custody. Preston Walls, 18, of Des Moines, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for the shooting at the Starts Right Here program. He was also charged with criminal gang participation.

Des Moines Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Parizek said Starts Right Here founder and CEO, Will Holmes, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized as of Monday evening.

Parizek said the wounded students aged 16 and 18 were found in very critical condition and that officers performed CPR on them. They were taken to a hospital, where they died.



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