PHOTO UPDATE: One dead after overnight shooting at Surfwood Drive Apartments Saturday night
UPDATE (11:00 A.M.)– In a video posted to social media, the Rapid City Police Department says that the victim from Saturday’s shooting was a male in his twenties and that the shooting has been ruled a homicide. Law enforcement found the victim in an apartment and a medical unit transported him to a hospital, where he later died. Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick says that the owners of the complex where the shooting occurred, who live out-of-state, have also been made aware of the situation. “We have had death up in this neighborhood. And enough is enough,” Chief Hedrick said. “We are all tired of it. The good people living up here are tired of it. It’s time to work together.”
The RCPD has worked to have a constant patrol of the Knollwood Drive area to help reduce crime through 24/7 patrols and even opened a substation last year. However, calls are still going out in the area and in the last week alone, Chief Hedrick says they have dealt with an attempted shooting of a police officer on top of the homicide from Saturday night.
According to RCPD Assistant Chief Scott Sitts, investigations had been going on through the night and continued through the morning as they conducted two searches in two surrounding properties. “During the course of that investigation, we believe the suspects had entered into a couple of different residences and possible evidence there also,” Assistant Chief Sitts explained. “So based on the violent nature of this homicide, and for the safety of everyone involved, our Special Response Team was called out to collect evidence and to execute a couple of search warrants at some residences.”
The investigation is ongoing and has been passed to the Criminal Investigations Division within RCPD for further examination. The police department says there is no safety risk to the public, but is urging the public to avoid the area.
“We have some great, fantastic people living up here who are scared. They’re scared to live their lives,” Sitts said. “They’re scared to go outside, and we should not tolerate that as a community. We are going to solve this, but we need the help of the community to help us solve this issue.”
Anyone with any tips or information on the incident is urged to call the Rapid City Police Department at (605) 394-4131.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Saturday night at approximately 11:05 p.m., police were called to 20 Surfwood Drive for a report of multiple gunshots. The Rapid City Police Department found a male suffering from a gun wound in one of the apartments. The victim was transported to the hospital but was later pronounced deceased.
14 Photos: Police, Special Response Team, called out after reports of shots fired
Police believe that the suspects responsible for the shooting are associated with two different residences. The City/County Special Response Team has been called to serve warrants on the two residences: one located on Surfwood Drive and one on E. Knollwood Drive.
Police have no reason to believe that the shooting was random. Although there is no threat to public safety, the public is being advised to avoid the area.