West Des Moines Police Investigate Overnight Shooting
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On 01/27/2019 at approximately 10:45 PM, West Des Moines Police received several calls on a fight and gunshots heard in the 400 block of 7th St. Prior to officers arriving on scene, the parties involved in the fight separated. One individual, identified as Robert Scott Jr (33 YOA, Male, Des Moines) sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Scott Jr drove himself to a nearby fire station where he was treated and transported to an area hospital. A second individual involved, identified as Christopher Bender (33 YOA, Male, West Des Moines), remained at a residence on 7th St. Bender called police wanting to explain what happened. Police made contact with Bender at his residence. Bender was also transported to a hospital for injuries sustained during the fight. Preliminary investigation shows that this is a family dispute and that Scott Jr and Bender are related by marriage. The investigation is on-going to determine the full extent of the incident. No charges have been filed at this time.
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