Two students dead and teacher injured in Des Moines shooting with ‘multiple suspects’ in custody

A shooting at a Des Moines, Iowa, outreach centre has left two students dead and a teacher injured, according to police.

The shooting took place at a programme called Starts Right Here, which is affiliated with the Des Moines school district, the Associated Press reported. The programme is held in a business park in the city.

Police said three suspects were in custody, according to the AP. Authorities were called to the facility around 1pm local time and performed CPR on the two students, who later died at hospital. The teacher was listed in serious condition, according to the AP.

“I am shocked and saddened to hear about the shooting at Starts Right Here,” Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds said in a statement. “I’ve seen first-hand how hard Will Keeps and his staff works to help at-risk kids through this alternative education program. My heart breaks for them, these kids and their families. Kevin and I are praying for their safe recovery.”

Mr Keeps founded the Starts Right Here programme, which focuses on at-risk youth in high school.

Police stopped the suspects in their car near MacRae Park, about two miles from the scene of the shooting, the Des Moines Register reports, prompting one of the individuals to flee before being caught by an officer with a search dog.

Bystanders said also saw police pursuing an individual out of the Starts Right Here building on foot.

“We just saw a lot of cop cars pouring in from everywhere,” Nicole Krantz, who works as a coder in a building nextdoor, told the Register. “It’s terrifying. We’re all worried. We went on lockdown, obviously. We were all told to stay away from the windows because we weren’t sure if they caught the guy.”

The deadly violence follows a mass shooting in California over the weekend, where nearly a dozen peopel were killed at a dance club as revelers were celebrating the Lunar New Year.

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