Des Moines police investigating 2 separate homicide scenes

August 31, 2021 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines are investigating the deaths of two people in separate incidents reported just hours apart.

Officers were called around 8:15 p.m. Monday to a shooting on East 17th Street, where they found three shooting victims, police said. Two of the victims were taken to a hospital with injuries. The third victim, later identified as Frederick McCuller II, 40, of Des Moines, was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

About two hours earlier, police were called to an area along the Des Moines River by someone who reported an unresponsive man lying on the ground. Police said arriving officers found Javier Moncada, 43, of Des Moines, dead and said he had been shot.

The deaths marked Des Moines’ fifth and sixth homicides of the year.