Three IA Shooting Victims "Uncooperative"

Three people were shot early Saturday near a West Des Moines convenience store and the victims are not being cooperative, police said.

The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. near 22nd Street and University Avenue. West Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Giampolo said an argument broke out at Vision Night Club at 2700 University Ave. before it escalated into gunfire.

He said occupants of two cars were apparently firing toward each other, leaving shattered windows and bullet holes at a nearby Village Inn.

One victim was found at a Kum & Go on Eighth Street and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Two others showed up at nearby hospitals. They did not suffer life-threatening injuries, police said.

"All I know is that these victims are real uncooperative with us, all of them," Giampolo said.

Police said the victims gave authorities different names and addresses, saying they were from Chicago before switching their story to Des Moines.

"They're not West Des Moines residents; we're not actually even sure where they're from," Giampolo said.

Police have recovered a vehicle covered in bullet holes linked to the investigation. But the last pace anyone reported seeing the vehicle or vehicles was on the I-235 eastbound ramp.

"Just let people know who are visiting, we are not going to stand for this kind of violence," Giampolo said.

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities.

While investigating the scene, officers found multiple shell casings.

Following the shooting, police said they are increasing their presence at nearby establishments.

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