On Tuesday, two students were killed in a targeted shooting at a high school in Des Moines, Iowa. The shooting took place in the parking lot of Lincoln High School at around 8 a.m. local time. The two victims have been identified as 15-year-old Michael Taylor and 16-year-old Shylar Wooldridge.
The suspect, 18-year-old Michael Anthony Williams, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said in a press conference that the shooting was “targeted”. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but the police believe that Williams and the two victims had an ongoing dispute.
The Des Moines Public Schools released a statement expressing their sadness and condolences for the families of the two victims. Superintendent Tom Ahart said that the school is “committed to providing support to our families and staff as they process this tragedy”.
The shooting has sparked a conversation about gun control and school safety in Des Moines and Iowa as a whole. Governor Kim Reynolds issued a statement saying that she is “heartbroken” and that she is “committed to working with the legislature to find solutions that keep our students safe”.