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Des Moines sees an increase in drive by shootings this year

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DES MOINES - A review of Des Moines Police Department data shows the city has seen an increase in drive-by shootings this year.
The Des Moines Register  reports that 31 drive-by shootings were reported in the city through the end of June. According to the department, 22 drive-by shootings were reported during the same time period last year. Sixteen drive-by shootings were reported for the same period in 2014, and 22 were reported the year before.
Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek says there are multiple causes for the shootings. Parizek says some of them are gang-related, involve drugs or stem from personal conflicts.
Parizek says the number of shootings tends to increase every spring when the weather becomes warmer.
The police department has a Summer Enforcement Team from April until about September to address crime increases during the warmer months.
 

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