Police say alcohol but no firearms involved in weekend fight - KOTA Territory News

Police say alcohol but no firearms involved in weekend fight

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UPDATE (10:40 a.m.)
 
Sunday afternoon Rapid City police responded to a report of a possible gunshot on the 700 block of East St. Patrick. Officers found a male victim with a head laceration; he was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
After speaking with multiple witnesses, police believe a fight erupted between two people and there were no firearms involved.
 
Alcohol was a factor in this incident, and several of the witnesses were taken to detox. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is continuing.

UPDATE (10:45 p.m.)

Rapid City police search for answers after an apparent assault Sunday afternoon near St.

Police received a call just past 3:30 p.m. about a possible gunshot wound in a field behind the corner of Hawthorne Avenue and St. Andrew Street that they say is a popular hang-out for the city's homeless.

A 34-year-old man was taken to the hospital with what police now say is a non-life threatening laceration.

His condition is unknown at this time, but police say he was able to give them statements before being taken to the hospital.

Officers took nine people into custody as witnesses and possible suspects.

They had set up a perimeter in the hills until around 5:45 to search for others with a K-9 unit, but didn't turn up anything new.
 
No names have been released, but we'll bring you more information as soon as we know more.

UPDATE (6:40 p.m.):

Rapid City Police tell us the man taken to the hospital this afternoon following an apparent shooting did not suffer a gunshot wound to the head, but rather a laceration of some kind.

Police are still investigating it as an assault. Stay with KOTA Territory News for the latest.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Rapid City Police have 9 people, who they say are both suspects and witnesses, in custody following an apparent assault in south Rapid City Sunday afternoon.

Police Sergeant Darren Soucy says around 3:38 p.m. police were dispatched to the field on the north side of Saint Patrick Street - near the Hawthorne Street intersection for an injured male. When police arrived to the area, which they say is a popular hangout for homeless people, they found a man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.  He was able to give a few statements before being taken to the hospital. 

His statements spurred a search for a number of individuals.  Police do believe they have all of the people involved in custody.  Their search and the K-9 search has been suspended.  An evidence team is on scene now.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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