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Police say man shot at passing cars

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT

DES MOINES (AP) — A man shot at passing cars Wednesday in a Des Moines neighborhood before being critically injured in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said.

A second man was shot at some point, but drove himself to a medical clinic with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening and was transferred to a hospital, Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax told The Associated Press.

Around 3:30 p.m., police received multiple reports of shots being fired on the city’s south side. Several officers, including some who were not in uniform, rushed to the area and exchanged shots with the suspect, whose name was not immediately released.

Halifax said it’s not clear whether police shot the man or he was struck by his own bullets. He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, the police sergeant said.

The man was not moving when officers found him in the backyard of a house with a rifle and a handgun.