DES MOINES — Police have identified a 19-year-old woman who was fatally shot early Saturday morning in Des Moines.
Jayme Thomas of Des Moines was killed and another man was wounded after an argument escalated into a shooting.
Witnesses told investigators a verbal argument broke out between two separate groups in the 800 block of Redondo Way S. around 2:40 a.m. The argument escalated until two men started passing around a gun and eventually opened fire into the victims’ car.
Thomas, who was in the backseat of the car, and a 24-year-old man who was standing outside the car were taken to Harborview Medical Center where Thomas was later pronounced dead. The man sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Police say it’s not clear if Thomas was specifically targeted in the shooting.
“After the shooting, the group that Jayme was associated with stayed behind and cooperate with investigators,” said Sgt. Bob Bohl with Des Moines police. “The group that the suspects were associated actually fled in two separate vehicles.”
Police are still looking for two cars in which the two gunmen were seen fleeing from the scene. The search is on for a black and chrome two-door Honda Civic made between 1990 and 1995. The vehicle is said to have tinted windows, and a flat back.
Investigators are also looking for a primer-black two-door Honda Civic with a large chrome muffler and tinted windows, also made between 1990 and 1995.
Bohl said both cars had specialized tire rims that were very distinctive that someone might recognize.
Police say people who were there know who the shooter is, and they should speak up.
“Yes, we know there are people who know who the shooter is,” Bohl said. “We have not had anyone come forward yet to tell us who that person is.”
Anyone with information on the case or the vehicles’ whereabouts are urged to call police immediately.