Victim in North Maple Street shooting dies, police searching for second person of interest

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Police confirmed Monday that the victim in Friday’s shooting near North Maple and Van Buren Streets has died.

20-year-old Austin Freeman of Rapid City was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” according to RCPD Criminal Investigation Division Commander Captain James Johns.

“It appears Freeman is an innocent victim of the violence associated with drugs in our community, and we are thankful for the swift apprehension of the suspect responsible for this shooting,” Capt. Johns says.

Charges have been upgraded to First Degree Murder for 31-year-old William Daly, who was originally arrested Friday on lesser charges including distribution and ingestion of a controlled substance.

Police are searching for a second person of interest in the case (shown below in surveillance photos).

Anyone with information on the identity of the woman below or the shooting in general is asked to contact Detective Jake LeLaCheur at (605) 394-4134. An anonymous text can also be sent by texting the letters “RCPD” and the information to 847-411.

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photo courtesy: Rapid City Police Department, via Twitter

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Police Department has arrested a suspect in the Friday morning shooting near the intersection of North Maple Avenue and Van Buren Street.

31-year-old William Daly of Rapid City has been identified as the suspect. Based on the progress of the investigation at this time, Daly has been booked into the Pennington County Jail for the offenses of Aiding/Abetting Attempted First Degree Murder, Distribution of a Controlled Substance and three counts of Ingestion of a Controlled Substance.

The shooting victim remains in critical condition.

The RCPD continues to actively investigate the incident in cooperation with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities request that anyone with information about the shooting or the circumstances surrounding it should contact police at 605-394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ to 847411.

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