Des Moines Police believe a lot of downtown drivers may have seen a clue in the shooting of 14-year-old Yore Jieng.
Police are pulling surveillance video from local businesses and conducting ongoing interviews.
“We want to get as far as we can, as fast as we can to figure out who did this,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek, Des Moines Police.
Police say two bullets hit the Earlham Savings Bank and the other bullet struck Jieng in the head.
Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs confirmed to parents and Local 5 News that Jieng was involved in the shooting and had undergone four hours of intense surgery and was in critical condition.
Biggs said in part: “I can assure you...this young man is full of energy, positivity, and a tremendous asset to Roosevelt High and the Des Moines Community.”
“It’s unsettling. People should be worried some moron is out there shooting a gun off in the middle of the day in a busy intersection,” said Parizek.
Police are unsure if the shooting was random or if Jieng was targeted.
John Lamb, owner of Beyond Ball, an outreach for inner city youth, was close to Jieng. The two met five years ago when Jieng came to his gym with some of his cousins.
Jieng comes from a Sudanese family who moved to Iowa around ten years ago.
“I don’t think he’s done fighting,” said Lamb.
Lamb says Yore and his seven siblings have worked hard to be in Iowa. Despite Yore having some minor hand deformities, Lamb said he was a great shooter in basketball and was always a positive person.
“I believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Lamb. “He had such a joyful smile, personality, everything. He was everybody’s number one fan.”
Police say anyone driving along Keo Way around 6:15 p.m. Monday night should call police whether they have significant information or not.
“Regardless of what their reason is, this kid didn’t deserve to get shot. Nothing he did made him deserve this to happen to him,” said Parizek.
Lamb has set up a GoFundMe for Yore’s family and his medical expenses.
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