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Arrest made after gunshots reported outside of Roosevelt High’s graduation ceremony

One person was arrested and charged after shots were fired outside Rosevelt High School’s graduation ceremony at Drake University’s Knapp Center Saturday afternoon. Bradwick Michael Tukes, 22, was arrested and charged with being armed with intent, carrying weapons on school grounds and reckless use of a firearm. No one was injured, but several Des Moines Police Department officers were already at the Knapp Center for the graduation ceremony. Des Moines police said officers heard gunshots around 5:35 p.m. outside the center. Investigators say one handgun was found on one suspect, while a second was found in one of their vehicles. “We presume the people outside started running inside for cover,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department. “It got the people inside excited and worried. They started running outside.” Following the shooting, Des Moines police said a fight involving more than five individuals broke out inside the arena. Pepper spray was used to break up the fight. Investigators do not believe the fight was related to the shooting, but they have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the incident. Although Roosevelt graduate Everett Bridgeman said he was grateful no one was hurt, “it hurts” to know that gun violence will be a part of his high school graduation story. “I cried quietly because, why would someone come to a graduation for your loved ones and cause a scene,” said Roosevelt graduate Nyajuok Malual. That pain is heightened because both Bridgeman and Malual said they always feared the possibility of a Roosevelt school shooting. “During our graduation, I was like, wow, I almost finished high school and no shootings happened,” Malual said. “I thought I would go my entire school life without any shootings.” Des Moines Public Schools released the following statement on the incident: “Late this afternoon, while honoring the Roosevelt High School graduating class, a number of people rushed toward the Knapp Center from Drake University and began telling attendees that there had been a shooting outside. This caused a commotion and a brief interruption to the ceremony as Des Moines Police and Drake Public Safety quickly responded to the scene to ensure everyone inside was safe. Superintendent Ian Roberts was informed that there was no immediate threat to the commencement and shared with the crowd that it was safe inside the ceremony. arena, and the ceremony resumed so that all graduates in attendance could walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. Although the incident did not appear to have a direct connection to Roosevelt’s commencement ceremony, Principal Steven Schappaugh informed Roosevelt families of the changes. Tonight’s Senior Night celebration is being held as a precaution and the school district will have additional security in place for two commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

One person was arrested and charged after shots were fired outside Rosevelt High School’s graduation ceremony at Drake University’s Knapp Center Saturday afternoon.

Bradwick Michael Tukes, 22, was arrested and charged with being armed with intent, carrying weapons on school grounds and reckless use of a firearm.

No one was injured, but several Des Moines Police Department officers were already at the Knapp Center for the graduation ceremony. Des Moines police said officers heard gunshots around 5:35 p.m. outside the center.

Investigators say one handgun was found on one suspect, while a second was found in one of their vehicles.

“We presume the people outside started running inside for cover,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department. “It got the people inside excited and worried. They started running outside.”

Following the shooting, Des Moines police said a fight involving more than five individuals broke out inside the arena. Pepper spray was used to break up the fight.

Investigators do not believe the fight was related to the shooting, but have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the incident.

Although Roosevelt graduate Everett Bridgeman said he was grateful no one was hurt, “it hurts” to know that gun violence will be a part of his high school graduation story.

“I cried quietly because, why would someone come to a graduation for your loved ones and cause a scene,” said Roosevelt graduate Nyajuok Malual.

That pain is heightened because both Bridgeman and Malual said they always feared the possibility of a Roosevelt school shooting.

“During our graduation, I was like, wow, I almost finished high school and no shootings happened,” Malual said. “I thought I would go my entire school life without any shootings.”

Des Moines Public Schools released the following statement on the incident:

“Late in the afternoon, as we were honoring the graduating class of Roosevelt High School, a number of people rushed to the Knapp Center at Drake University and began telling attendees that he There was a shooting outside This caused a commotion and a brief interruption of the ceremony while Des Moines Police and Drake Public Safety quickly responded to the scene to make sure everyone was there. The interior was safe. Superintendent Ian Roberts was informed that there was no immediate threat to the start, shared with the crowd that the interior of the arena was safe, and the ceremony resumed. that all graduates in attendance be able to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. Although the incident does not appear to have a direct connection to Roosevelt’s commencement ceremony, Principal Steven Schappaugh informed Roosevelt families of the changes. at tonight’s Senior Night celebration as a precaution and at school. The district will have additional security for two opening ceremonies on Sunday.

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