Shooter fired in self-defense after violent assault at grocery store

Des Moines police say a violent assault led to a shooting inside a Hy-Vee grocery store in Des Moines on Sunday morning.Police say the shots rang out around 10 am inside the store at East 26th Street and East Euclid Avenue.Police say Kapri Lashawn Francis, 30, of Des Moines, violently assaulted a woman without provocation. The woman who was assaulted, who lawfully possessed a handgun, fired once in self defense. She shot Francis in the leg.Another male customer was shot in the foot by the bullet when it ricocheted.Police want to emphasize that the shooting was not an active shooter situation. It was a targeted incident that took place in a public space.“This was something spontaneous that unfortunately happened in that grocery store where a lot of people were grocery shopping this morning,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department.With the number of mass shootings making national headlines, authorities say they are on high alert. While no casualties came out of this shooting, it still warranted a massive police response. “We’ve certainly got a high level of awareness and preparedness for these things. And when we hear something like this happen we treat it like it’s the real deal. And I think you saw that response up there today. There was a heavy police presence, responding with the thought that we need to save people,” Sgt. Parizek said.According to Michell Boyum, owner of Sun Seekers Tanning located right next to the Hy-Vee, the entire ordeal left staff and customers scrambled.“I decided to come over here to the corner and I was like, what’s going on? One of the employees was down here crying and she ran to me. And she was a shooting and I immediately grabbed her she’s maybe 17 years old,” Boyum said. A couple of them said they had seen the gunshot go off. They had seen the person where they got shot at. They were shaken so bad and all I could do was be there and hold them.”Des Moines police say that after conducting interviews with witnesses and examining evidence, including in-store surveillance footage, they learned that the shooter acted in self-defense after being violently assaulted.Francis has been arrested and charged with Assault Causing Injury after being released from the hospital.She will be booked into the Polk County Jail.This is a developing story.

Des Moines police say a violent assault led to a shooting inside a Hy-Vee grocery store in Des Moines on Sunday morning.

Police say the shots rang out around 10 am inside the store at East 26th Street and East Euclid Avenue.

Police say Kapri Lashawn Francis, 30, of Des Moines, violently assaulted a woman without provocation. The woman who was assaulted, who lawfully possessed a handgun, fired once in self defense. She shot Francis in the leg.

Another male customer was shot in the foot by the bullet when it ricocheted.

Police want to emphasize that the shooting was not an active shooter situation. It was a targeted incident that took place in a public space.

“This was something spontaneous that unfortunately happened in that grocery store where a lot of people were grocery shopping this morning,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department.

With the number of mass shootings making national headlines, authorities say they are on high alert. While no casualties came out of this shooting, it still warranted a massive police response.

“We’ve certainly got a high level of awareness and preparedness for these things. And when we hear something like this happen we treat it like it’s the real deal. And I think you saw that response up there today. There was a heavy police presence, responding with the thought that we need to save people,” Sgt. Parizek said.

According to Michell Boyum, owner of Sun Seekers Tanning located right next to the Hy-Vee, the entire ordeal left staff and customers scrambled.

“I decided to come over here to the corner and I was like, what’s going on? One of the employees was down here crying and she ran to me. And she was like there was a shooting and I immediately grabbed her because she’s maybe 17 years old,” Boyum said.

“A lot of them said that they witnessed it. A couple of them said they had seen the gunshot go off. They had seen the person where they got shot at. They were shaken so bad and all I could do was be there and hold them.”

Des Moines police say that after conducting interviews with witnesses and examining evidence, including in-store surveillance footage, they learned that the shooter acted in self-defense after being violently assaulted.

Francis has been arrested and charged with Assault Causing Injury after being released from the hospital. She will be booked into the Polk County Jail.

This is a developing story.

.

Leave a Comment