Two students have been killed following a school shooting in Iowa.
Police say that an adult employee of Starts Right Here, a nonprofit educational program affiliated with the Des Moines school district, was also injured in the “targeted” shooting at the program’s downtown headquarters on Monday afternoon.
Three suspects were apprehended about 20 minutes after police responded to the incident. Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek told reporters that a vehicle described by witnesses was found about 2 miles away from the crime scene.
Parizek said that the students who had been shot were found in “very critical condition” by responding officers at around 1 p.m. local time. The officers performed CPR, but the students died shortly after being taken to a local hospital.
Additional information about the students, including their ages, was unclear. Parizek said that the adult victim was hospitalized in “serious condition” and was headed into surgery on Monday afternoon.
“The incident was definitely targeted,” Parizek said. “It was not random. There was nothing random about this—it was certainly a targeted incident.”
“As far as motive, we are going to try and figure that out,” he continued. “Oftentimes, we’re kind of all left wondering…even if we did find the motive, it’s not going to make any sense to anybody.”
The shooting was the latest in a series of high-profile incidents involving gun violence. On Saturday, a mass shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration in a Monterey Park, California, dance hall left 11 people dead.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.