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Juvenile From Mall Shooting Located
Officers followed leads from the scene of the shooting and were able to locate the juvenile involved in the shooting with the assistance of the Des Moines Police. The youth was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the discharge of the firearm. There is no further information available on his condition at this time.
Officers from the West Des Moines Police Department were sent to Valley West Mall around 6 PM on a report of a juvenile who accidentally shot himself while at the mall. Witnesses report the juvenile was carrying a firearm on his person when it discharged, possibly striking him in the leg. The juvenile and another person fled the mall and left in a vehicle, possibly an SUV, in an unknown direction. The firearm was not left at the scene. In the surveillance image, the juvenile who was carrying the firearm was wearing a dark color coat and a light color sweatshirt.
West Des Moines Police are checking with local hospitals and following up on all available leads to identify the juvenile and ensure that he receives medical attention for any injuries. If you have information on this incident, please call the West Des Moines Police at 222-3321.