Two injured in shooting just outside Court Avenue entertainment zone in Des Moines early Sunday – Des Moines Register

Two people were injured early Sunday morning in a shooting in downtown Des Moines. 

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officers on foot heard shots in the 100 block of Third Street, said Des Moines Police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Parizek. 

Two adult males had minor gunshot wounds, Parizek said. Both men were treated and released from a hospital, he said. Evidence indicates the suspect was involved in an altercation somewhere in the Court Avenue entertainment zone, Parizek said. 

The suspect appears to have retrieved a gun, returned and continued the dispute outside the entertainment zone, Parizek said. The suspect fired a shot that missed its intended target and hit the victims.

No arrests have been made yet, Parizek said. 

Last month Des Moines began turning the Court Avenue Entertainment District into a 21-and-older pedestrian-only entertainment zone on Friday and Saturday nights through Labor Day weekend. The area is fenced off from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. during that time. There are only five entry points, and security guards check IDs and scan bar patrons with metal detectors. 

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The place the shooting happened is just outside the entertainment zone. Two shootings in April injured five people near the Court Avenue Entertainment District. 

Philip Joens covers breaking news for The Des Moines Register. He can be reached at 515-443-3347 at or on Twitter @Philip_Joens. 

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