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Man charged with murder in DM shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Detectives charged a man with murder Monday in the June 28 shooting death of another man outside a Des Moines area bar.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies charged Gordon Jerome Johnson, 35, with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Johnson, of Des Moines, was held in the Polk County Jail.

Johnson was arrested in connection with the death of Sir William Beckish, 29, a chef and former restaurant owner.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. as a large crowd gathered outside the Karma Bar, just north of the Des Moines city limits. Deputies who had been called by the bar’s staff heard gunshots and then found Beckish had been wounded. He was taken to a hospital but died. Two woman also suffered gunshot wounds but survived.