Suspects at large in Eastern South Dakota after teen shot

Published: Dec. 5, 2018 at 12:22 PM CST
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Police have arrested three suspects and are still looking for two more after a 17-year-old girl was shot and injured in eastern Sioux Falls.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday after two groups of teens and young adults met at an apartment building near 6th Street and Bahnson Ave.

As two vehicles all with teen girls and women pulled into the lot, two suspects, a man, and a teenage girl emerged from the apartment building, both with guns. One of the suspects pointed into a car window, shooting in front of the passenger, striking the driver in the leg. After being shot, the victim went to a gas station at 6th and Sycamore and called for help.

The second vehicle that was present at the shooting incident, an SUV, left the scene and was pursued by the two suspects, who had joined three others in another vehicle.

The suspects caught up with the SUV at 6th and Cleveland, and smashed in the back window with a gun, which fell inside. As police arrived, people scattered.

Police say two of the suspects were apprehended immediately, while the shooter was located within the hour in the 400 block of South Sneve.

Police identified the shooter as 19-year-old Yona Fetwi Sama of Sioux Falls. He faces several charges, including four counts of aggravated assault.

The passenger in the suspect's vehicle, Jessepe Etta, of Sioux Falls, was charged with obstruction and other charges. Another 16-year-old boy in the suspect vehicle was charged for fleeing police.

The two suspects at large are known to police, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, who still are believed to be in possession of one of the two handguns used in the incident.

Police do not believe the general public is in danger as the shooting was targeted at a particular person or group.

The victim is expected to recover.

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