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1 teen dead, 2 critically injured in shooting at Iowa high school

The teenagers were on the Des Moines campus when the attack took place during the last hour of the school day, officials said.
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A teenager was dead and two others were critically injured in a shooting just before dismissal outside an Iowa high school Monday, police said.

The gunfire appeared to have come from a passing vehicle, police said later.

Multiple people were detained for questioning after the attack Monday afternoon at East High School, Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

The gunfire appeared to have come from a passing vehicle, police said later.

A 15-year-old boy who did not attend the school was killed, police said in an update Monday night. Two East High School students, 16 and 18 years old, remained in critical condition late Monday, Parizek said.

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Police investigate a shooting outside of East High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 7, 2022.Zach Boyden-Holmes / Des Moines Register-USA TODAY Network

The identities of the three victims were not available.

The violence happened about 35 minutes before the school day was set to end at 3:25 p.m., and staffers and students “were kept safely inside” until 3:30, Des Moines Public Schools said in a statement.

Parizek said the shootinig happened outside, on school grounds.

The campus will be closed Tuesday and officials will continue to investigate, the school district said. Grief counselors would be made available to East High students.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it went to the scene to help police. The FBI, Iowa State Patrol, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Des Moines Public Schools Department of Public Safety also responded Monday afternoon, Des Moines police said.

An investigation into the cause of the shooting was underway, and detectives marked evidence at the scene. Police later said shell casings were found.