A man was shot and killed by a gunman who then stole the victim's pickup blocks from a Des Moines elementary school and middle school Friday...
A man was shot and killed by a gunman who then stole the victim’s pickup blocks from a Des Moines elementary school and middle school Friday, police say.
Police arrived at a duplex in the 22300 block of 24th Avenue South shortly after 3 p.m. and found a man in his 20s or 30s lying in the driveway.
He appeared to have been shot in the head, police and witnesses said.
The suspect headed south in the victim’s blue 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup, which had “fancy chrome wheels,” said Des Moines police Cmdr. John O’Leary. A man was arrested late yesterday evening in connection with the incident, Des Moines police said.
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O’Leary said investigators were still untangling what happened. Several witnesses were being interviewed by police Friday evening.
Neighbors who gathered around the taped-off crime scene said the tenants who lived in the duplex seemed like nice people.
“It’s really very quiet down here,” said Barbara Mathews, who has lived on the block for 23 years.
The duplex, just a few blocks west of Pacific Highway, is part of a small rental complex. Property owner Trisha Blomquist said she had accounted for all her tenants, except for a man who lived in the white duplex where the victim was found.
The tenant worked for a body shop and drove a Silverado pickup, Blomquist said. He was a “hard worker” who had rented from her for two years, she said.
One of Blomquist’s employees had stopped by the victim’s home about an hour before the shooting to see about renewing the tenant’s lease. The victim’s truck was there at the time, but the victim was not.
“There were two guys inside of his house that I’d never seen before, but I figured they knew him,” said the employee.
Anyone with information is asked to call Des Moines police at 206-878-3301.
Karen Johnson: 206-464-2393 or email@example.com