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Polk County Sheriff's Office investigating 'person of interest' in fatal weekend shooting outside Merle Hay bar

The shooting happened near Karma Ultra Lounge early Sunday morning. Sir William Bekish, 29, of Des Moines died from his injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa — This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Sir William Bekish's last name.

One man is dead and two women are injured following a late night shooting near the Karma Ultra Lounge on Merle Hay Road, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. There are no arrests as of this time, but the sheriff's office said Monday they are investigating a person of interest.

Deputies responded to 4995 Merle Hay Road around 1:26 a.m. to help staff members disperse a large crowd of about 500 people. More than 20 minutes later, deputies reported hearing gunshots outside the bar.

One victim identified as Sir William Bekish, 29, of Des Moines had been shot in the head. Des Moines Fire medics brought him to MercyOne for treatment, where he died from his injuries.

Deputies found two women transported themselves to Broadlawns Medical Center for their injuries.

Telisha Young, 33, of Des Moines sustained a shot in her leg while Tamekia Crow, 40, of Des Moines sustained a shot in her torso. Both were treated and have since been released. 

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives continue to investigate the incident as they interview witnesses and gather more evidence. 

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