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August 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Man pleads guilty to fatal 2011 shooting in Des Moines

A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman and wounding a man in a Des Moines parking lot in November 2011.

Johnny Rourn, of Des Moines, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and second-degree assault, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Both charges include firearm sentencing enhancements and Rourn is looking at a sentence between 240 to 340 months in prison.

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. Nov. 5, 2011, 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 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The second victim was shot in both arms.

Detectives, who found a number of 9-mm casings in the parking lot, used video-surveillance footage from a nearby business to identify a witness to the shooting. The witness identified six men, including Rourn, who were present during the shooting — and three of the men later identified Rourn as the shooter, the statement says.

Rourn is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4.

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