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Fifth teen pleads guilty to shooting near Iowa school

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Another teenager charged with a fatal shooting near an Iowa high school has admitted to the crime, marking the fifth guilty plea among the 10 people charged.

Daniel Hernandez, 18, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and two counts of willful injury, the Des Moines Register reported. He had previously been charged with first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of willful injury.

Ten teenagers have been charged in the March 7 shooting outside East High School in Des Moines. José Lopez, 15, died. His sister, Jessica Lopez, 16, and Kemery Ortega, 18, were seriously injured. Jose Lopez was not a student at the school, but the two injured teenagers were.

Eight defendants were initially charged as adults with first-degree murder and other crimes, while the other two were remanded to juvenile court. The defendants were between 14 and 18 years old at the time of the crime.

Hernandez told a court hearing on Friday that he was involved in a three-vehicle “caravan” that fired shots as it drove past the school. He did not say what caused the gunfire. The victims were near a sidewalk when they were struck.

The first suspect to be convicted was 16-year-old Kevin Martinez, who pleaded guilty to intimidation with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Two other suspects have pleaded guilty to second degree murder and other counts. Another pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and weapons charges.

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