Woman shot and died Friday in Drake neighborhood

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A woman was shot while driving a vehicle in Des Moines’ Drake neighborhood on Friday afternoon and later died from her injuries, according to Des Moines Police.

Police received a call reporting the shooting shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of Kingman Boulevard. When emergency personnel arrived, life-saving procedures were performed on the victim.

Police are treating the shooting as a homicide investigation, according to a news release from the Des Moines Police Department. Police identified the victim Saturday morning as Catherine Bobbitt.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek praised medical personnel for quickly arriving at the scene and tending to the 33-year-old victim. Parizek said that by the time medics transported the woman to a hospital, she was speaking; however, the victim died at the hospital around 6 p.m.

A dispatcher reported that a caller said her mother was shot in the abdomen while driving her vehicle. Police said the caller was the victim’s 17-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the passenger seat and was uninjured.

Investigators have obtained surveillance videos from neighbors, Parizek said. The victim’s vehicle was traveling westbound on Kingman Boulevard when the shooting occurred.

Jerome Hilscher, 48, works on Kingman Boulevard and said he heard multiple gunshots followed by sirens. Other neighbors in the area said they saw a car drive off from the scene after hearing gunshots.

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 

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