Des Moines police say man shot dead in his home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say a man has been found shot to death in his house.

Police and medics were called to the home about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sgt. Jason Halifax says they found a man identified as 20-year-old Christopher Byers inside the residence with a gunshot wound. Byers was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police classified the death as a homicide but wouldn’t say how many times Byers had been shot.

Neighbor Bryan Hjelle-Ragle told The Des Moines Register he heard three or four pops that he assumed were fireworks. A few minutes later he heard more pops.

He says the house had been boarded up until recently.

Police were seeking a dark blue or purple van they say may be involved in the killing.

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