Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting that “wasn’t a random act,” Mitchell police said Sunday morning.
At about 11:07 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 500 block of North Main Street in Mitchell for a report of a shooting. There, officers located a male victim who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene where the shooting occurred, police said.
While officers continue to investigate, they say the people involved in the shooting knew each other. Authorities are interviewing witnesses and collecting surveillance video, but they are asking for the public’s help in identifying the shooting suspect or multiple suspects. Mitchell Chief of Police Mike Koster said Sunday morning that a suspect has not been arrested or detained.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mitchell Police Department at 995-8400, or submit an anonymous tip to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at 996-1700.
"It's still an active investigation, and we're stressing that anyone with information contact police," Koster told the Mitchell Republic.
Koster added that "nothing has indicated that the public at large is at risk."
Officers on scene late Saturday night said a few blocks of North Main Street could be closed Sunday, but the 500 block of Main Street was open for traffic Sunday morning.
Law enforcement officers on Saturday night searched the alley between 500 block of Main and Rowley streets and also entered and exited nearby businesses, and examined parking lots in the area for possible evidence.
A supervising officer said there was no indication that the public was at risk but they would continue to investigate what took place.
The Mitchell Department of Public Safety, the Aurora and Hanson County Sheriff's offices and the South Dakota Highway Patrol were among the responding agencies. Officers with the Mitchell Police Division could still be seen in the 500 block of Main Street Sunday morning.
This is the second shooting in Mitchell in the past three weeks. Authorities, including the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, on Dec. 20 responded to a shooting and pursuit on the 700 block of South Rowley Street. A suspect was taken into custody, but authorities have released no additional information since the incident.
In that incident, according to the Mitchell Police Division, officers from the division responded at approximately 2 a.m. on Dec. 20 to the 700 block of South Rowley Street for a report of an individual shooting a gun. The release from the Mitchell Police Division said no further information was being released at this time as the matter is under investigation with the DCI.
Tim Bormann, chief of staff for the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General, of which the Division of Criminal Investigation is a part, confirmed the incident and said the investigation is ongoing at this time.
“The Mitchell PD responded to a shots fired call in the 700 block of S. Rowley around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. There were some injuries to individuals that were non-life threatening. The situation turned into a pursuit,” Bormann said in an email to the Mitchell Republic.
Bormann said the suspect was taken into custody and that there would be no further comment at this time as the matter is under investigation.
Check back with the Mitchell Republic throughout the day as more information becomes available.