Victims identified in Friday afternoon shooting that killed one, injured another

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DES MOINES – One person is dead after a shooting on 22nd Street on Friday afternoon.

The deceased victim has been identified as 41-year-old Earl Marcello Caldwell of Des Moines.

The injured victim is 39-year-old Littleton William Clark of Des Moines, who remains hospitalized.

According to Des Moines investigators, they were called to the 1700 block of 22nd Street around 2:15 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of a shooting. Responding officers arrived to find Caldwell suffering from a gunshot injury. He was transported to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire Department rescue personnel. He has since died.

At approximately 2:25 p.m., Clark presented himself to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot injury. The two incidents are believed to be connected, according to police.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the scene of this incident, where they found two assault style rifles, one handgun, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized.

62-year-old Des Moines resident Larry Perry has been charged with Possession Of A Weapon As A Felon, Possession With Intent To Deliver – Cocaine, Possession Of Marijuana, and a Tax Stamp Violation.

62-year-old Larry Perry

Perry is currently in the Polk County Jail.

Police continue to investigate this incident, but say that while residents in the neighborhood have been helpful with investigators, “those closest to the investigation have been uncooperative with investigators”.

This is the fifth homicide of 2019.

Anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to call the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4869. Anonymous tips may also be submitted though Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400, or online at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com. Reward funds are available.

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