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Des Moines, Iowa, school shooting leaves 2 students dead and an employee in serious condition, authorities say

(CNN) — A shooting at a Des Moines, Iowa, charter school leaves at least two students dead and one employee in serious condition, according to the city’s Police Department.

At 12:53 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a report of a shooting at 455 SW 5th Street, where Starts Right Here, a charter school, is located, police said in a news release.

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Des Moines police at the scene of a shooting.

Crews found the injured people, who were taken to various hospitals. The ages of the victims and suspects were not disclosed.

“Approximately 20 minutes after the shooting incident, and 2 miles away, Des Moines Police Department patrol officers and detectives apprehended several suspects following a traffic stop,” the statement said.

“The incident was definitely targeted,” Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said during a news conference. “It was not random. There is nothing random about this. It was definitely a targeted incident. But as far as getting a motive, that’s something we’re going to try to figure out,” he added.

Police did not identify the suspects or mention whether they had formal charges.

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