RCPD responds to shots fired in downtown Rapid City
UPDATE (4:37 p.m.) According to Rapid City Police Department spokesperson Brendyn Medina, in the ensuing investigation following today’s law enforcement response to the 800 block of 5th Street, police conducted interviews with at least 15 individuals about the incident.
It has been determined that at least one round was fired in the direction of 422 Columbus Street from a vehicle parked at the scene. The gun involved in the incident has been recovered, however, the vehicle in which it was fired still needs to be processed for evidence.
Two adult occupants of an apartment within the building were arrested for warrants unrelated to the incident. One juvenile was also taken into custody in relation to a stolen vehicle also recovered from the scene.
The RCPD recognizes that shutting down a section of one of the city’s busiest roads created a large impact to traffic, however, they would like to thank the public for their patience as the department worked to resolve a situation involving the discharge of a firearm in the city’s busy downtown area in the safest manner possible.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.) Brendyn Medina, spokesperson for the department, says at least 12 people were detained as the situation was being investigated. Medina also says a majority of the investigation is centering on juveniles.
UPDATE (1:00 p.m.) Rapid City police say a shots fired incident has ended after multiple individuals have been taken into custody.
Spokesperson for the department, Brendyn Medina, says two separate groups of individuals were allegedly involved, between two different houses.
They were taken into custody after negotiations were made between the Special Response Team and the barricaded suspects via text.
Authorities described the situation as allegedly involving a “group of people” but did no specify the number of individuals involved.
It is unconfirmed at this point if any suspects were armed and the ages of those involved is unknown.
During a press conference, Medina indicated the stretch of 5th street that has been closed will be opening shortly.
According to Rapid City Area Schools spokesperson Katy Urban, Rapid City High School’s secure status was lifted at 12:34 p.m.
NewsCenter1 will continue to update this story as more details become available.
UPDATE (12:30 p.m.) According to RCPD Twitter, The Rapid City/Pennington County Special Response Team has arrived on scene and is working to establish communication with individuals believed to be in a residence near 5th Street and Columbus Street.
UPDATE (10:30 a.m.) According to RCPD spokesperson Brendyn Medina, Rapid City High School was placed on secure status.
RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired on the 800 block of 5th Street around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Traffic in the 800 block of 5th Street is being diverted as law enforcement investigates a report of shots fired. Please find an alternate route for the time being. pic.twitter.com/aXAmTSsjbw
— RapidCityPD (@RapidCityPD) November 12, 2019
Police surrounded a home off of 5th and Columbus. NC1 reporters on scene have confirmed at least one individual has been taken into custody.
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