Police: Gunman shot in self-defense after violent assault in 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. Francis, 30, of Des Moines, violently assaulted a woman without provocation. The assaulted woman, who legally owned a handgun, fired once in self-defense. She shot Francis in the leg. Another male customer was hit in the foot by the bullet as it ricocheted. Police are keen to emphasize that the shooting was not an active shooter situation. It was a targeted incident that happened in a public space. “It was a spontaneous thing that unfortunately happened at this grocery store where a lot of people were 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. Although no casualties emerged from this shooting, it still warranted a massive police response. “We certainly have a high level of awareness and preparation for these things. And when we hear something like that happen, we treat it like it’s the real deal. And I think you saw that answer up there today. There was a heavy police presence, responding with the thought that we need to save people,” said Sgt. Said Parizek. According to Michell Boyum, owner of Sun Seekers Tanning located just off the Hy-Vee, the whole ordeal has left staff and customers alike scrambled. One of the employees was here crying and she ran towards me. And she was like there was a shooting and I immediately grabbed her because she’s maybe 17,” Boyum said. “A lot of them said they witnessed it. . Two of them said they saw the shot go off. They had seen the person they had been shot at. They were so shaken up and all I could do was be there and hold them. be violently attacked. Francis was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm after he was released from the hospital. She will be incarcerated in Polk County Jail. It’s a developing story.

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

Police said the shots rang out around 10 a.m. inside the store on East 26th Street and East Euclid Avenue.

Kapri Lashawn Francis, 30, of Des Moines, violently assaulted a woman without provocation, police say. The assaulted woman, who legally owned a handgun, fired once in self-defense. She shot Francis in the leg.

Another male customer was hit in the foot by the bullet as it ricocheted.

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

“It was a spontaneous thing that unfortunately happened at this grocery store where a lot of people were 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. Although no casualties emerged from this shooting, it still warranted a massive police response.

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

According to Michell Boyum, owner of Sun Seekers Tanning located just off the Hy-Vee, the whole ordeal has left staff and customers alike scrambled.

“I decided to come here in the area and I thought to myself, what is going on? One of the employees was here crying and she ran towards me. And she was like there was a shooting and I immediately grabbed her because she’s maybe 17,” Boyum said.

“Many of them said they witnessed it. Two of them said they saw the shot go off. They saw the person they were shot at. They were so shaken and all I could do was be there and hold them.”

Des Moines police said after conducting witness interviews and reviewing evidence, including in-store surveillance footage, they learned the shooter acted in self-defense after being violently assaulted.

Francis was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm after he was released from the hospital. She will be incarcerated in Polk County Jail.

This is a developing story.

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