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December 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Murder, assault charges filed in Des Moines shooting

A second-degree murder charge was filed today against a Des Moines man in connection with a Nov. 5 shooting that killed a young woman and wounded a 24-year-old man.

Johnny Rourn, 29, who was arrested Wednesday night at his Des Moines home, is being held at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in lieu of $1 million bail. He was also charged with second-degree assault.

He will be arraigned on Dec. 22.

Two groups of people were involved in an argument in a parking lot in the 800 block of Redondo Way South around 2:30 a.m., according to the probable-cause document outlining the case against Rourn. After one of the victims’ friends yelled an epithet at a group of African-American and Asian men, the men started running toward the victims and their friends, the statement says.

A witness saw one of the men hand a gun to another man, who immediately started firing.

Nineteen-year-old Jayme Thomas was shot several times as she sat in the back seat of a car, the statement says. She later died from her injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Des Moines, homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

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