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One teen has died, two remain hospitalized after shooting at Des Moines high school

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Des Moines East High scene

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Des Moines Police say that one of the three teens shot at East High School in Des Moines Monday afternoon has died, and the other two remain hospitalized, reportedly in critical condition.

In a press release, police say that the victims were on school property but not in the school building when they were shot. The gunshots apparently came from a passing car and shell casings were recovered at the scene. 

Police also say that suspects have been detained but no charges have been filed as of 5 p.m. Monday. 

Des Moines Public Schools said in a press release that the shooting happened at 2:48 p.m. and the school was immediately put on lockdown until police deemed the scene safe. Students were then released at 3:30 once the all-clear was given.

The district is canceling school for East High on Tuesday and will also postpone junior ACT testing and parent-teacher conferences.

Staff, counselors, and the district's grief team will be available to students for the rest of the week.

In a statement, Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart called for more change to gun laws to help protect students from gun violence.

“We live in an era when shootings in and near schools have become too common,” Ahart said. “Our staff and students are forced to train for these incidents and the trauma associated with the repeated drills and incidents will remain with them for years to come. It’s unfortunate that our state and our country have become a place where firearms are far too easily accessible. We remain committed to protecting our students and staff, but real change to gun laws and access would go a long way to help us.”

East High principal Jill Versteeg consoled parents Monday afternoon, saying, “I think we can all agree an event like this is everyone’s worst nightmare. Tonight, hug your students and love them.”