UPDATE: new details in Tuesday Rapid City shooting investigation
(UPDATE: 1/6/21 @ 12:14 p.m.): It is believed four juvenile individuals were involved in the shooting, but ages of the individuals cannot be disclosed at this time.
No arrests have been made at this time, so no charges are pending.
There is no threat to the public or to children that attend Knollwood Elementary or North Middle School.
The type of firearm used in the incident is believed to be a handgun, however the facet of the incident remains under investigation.
(UPDATE: 1/5/21 @ 7:35 P.M.): At around 1:35 p.m. this afternoon, Rapid City Police were dispatched to Surfwood Drive and North Maple Avenue for reports of gunshots and juveniles firing a handgun at each other. Officers spoke with witnesses and victims, and learned that those responsible may have fled into a residence in the 100 block of East Knollwood. A perimeter was established as North Middle School and Knollwood Elementary were placed on secure status.
The Rapid City/Pennington County Special Response Team was called out once it was discovered that an individual was armed and barricaded inside the residence. The SRT extracted several individuals from the residence safely, with one individual identified as 25-year-old Faron Mesteth of Rapid City. Mesteth was placed under arrest on a parole hold.
The individuals responsible for the shooting were not inside the residence, and RCPD believes that they fled prior to law enforcement’s arrival. RCPD did not report any injuries. Police are still investigating the whereabouts of those responsible and the circumstances regarding the incident. The responsible individuals and victims are known to each other, and the shooting does not appear random at this time.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department is asking citizens to avoid the area around the 100 block of East Knollwood at this time while they search for suspects involved in a shooting at the Maplewood Townhouses.
RCPD has formed a perimeter around the residence. No injuries have been reported at this time.
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