Teenagers are shot at after-prom party attended by hundreds: police

Three teenagers in Des Moines, Iowa, were injured Sunday morning after a shooting at an after-prom party, police said.

The incident followed a fight at the party, which had at least 200 people in attendance, when a group of uninvited people arrived, according to local broadcaster WHO13. A 17-year-old woman and two 18-year-old men were hit by gunshots. They were taken to hospital and are expected to survive, WHO reported13. Police are investigating the shooting but have not yet made any arrests.

In a letter sent to parents, Roosevelt High School principal in Des Moines, Steven Schappaugh, reiterated that “we believe none of the injuries are life threatening.”

“Unfortunately, there was a shooting at an after-party last night that injured three Roosevelt students,” he said, according to the WHO,13 which posted the letter on its website.

Teenagers shot at after-prom party
Three teenagers in Des Moines, Iowa, were shot during a graduation party, police said.
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“Tomorrow our advisors will be available all day to support students who need to process the news… This is an evolving situation and I will keep the Roosevelt community informed of any additional information as it becomes available,” he added.

newsweek contacted the Des Moines Police Department for comment.

In a separate incident last month, several people were shot outside a Waffle House in Atlanta, Georgia. After a fight broke out outside the restaurant, someone opened fire, hitting five teenagers. All victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were in stable condition. However, two of the victims allegedly stole a valet vehicle at gunpoint to take themselves to a nearby hospital, news station WGCL reported.

In Texas in March, at least three people were injured in a spring break shooting on a beach. At the time, police believed the shooting took place after a fight on the beach. After the incident, a 30-year-old man was left in critical condition, while two teenagers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Also in March, four teenagers in Texas were shot outside a birthday party. At the time, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a fight broke out in a parking lot when “several suspects started shooting at each other.” The sheriff said that after the shooting, a 17-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Of the other three injured, at least one was taken to hospital in critical condition.

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