CLIVE, Iowa — An overnight shooting at an event center in Clive has killed two people and injured two others.
Clive police were called to the 7 Flags Event Center shortly before 2 a.m. Monday on a report of gunshots fired. As many as 60 people were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.
Authorities said 29-year-old Johnny Lee Ollie Jackson of Des Moines died at the scene of the shooting in the center’s parking lot. Another victim, 44-year-old Kevin Lee Hall of Des Moines, died on the way to a local hospital.
William Dale Celander, 31, and Kelly Christopher Love Jr., 25, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Authorities said they were driven to hospitals in private vehicles.
Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said the people involved in the shooting knew each other. He said the shooting was the result of a personal dispute, and the public is not in danger.
Authorities have not provided information about any suspects.
“We have a lot of events here and we’ve never had any problems,” Venema said. “It was a small event so it’s not what you’d expect here.”
Authorities said the center had been hosting “The 2nd Annual All Black Party 2016,” where guests dress in black. About 250 people attended.
Elizabeth Buchholtz, 38, of Des Moines was at the event when she said a fight broke out near her between two males. “Security swooped in and one man started knocking over tables and knocked over a girl,” she said.
Minutes later, as patrons began to file out as the event ended, she said she heard gunshots from the parking lot. Many of the roughly 50 people left in the venue started screaming and running for cover, she said. Police arrived and told patrons to get away from the windows.