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An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in the Monday slayings of two teens at an alternative education program for at-risk youth in Des Moines.
Police said Preston Walls of Des Moines is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in Monday’s shooting at Starts Right Here. Two teenagers, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old man, were killed in the attack.
The show’s founder, William Holmes, 49, a rapper who goes by the name Will Keeps, was injured.
Police said Walls was on pretrial supervised release on a weapons charge and had removed an ankle bracelet 16 minutes before going to school with a weapon and confronting the two student victims. Police said Walls and the two students had gang affiliations and were in opposing gangs.
Police said Monday that a man had been charged with the shooting and that two other people remained in custody. Preston Walls, 18, of Des Moines, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for shooting at the Starts Right Here program. He was also accused of participation in criminal gangs.
Authorities said the shooting was the result of an ongoing gang dispute. Police said Walls was on supervised release on a weapons charge and had removed the monitor from his ankle 16 minutes before the shooting.
“The incident was definitely a target. It was not random. There was nothing random about this,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek said.
Two Des Moines teenagers, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old man, were killed. William Holmes, a 49-year-old rapper who founded the show and goes by the name Will Keeps, was injured and underwent surgery Monday night.