Rapid City police were searching Wednesday for two people in connection with the death of a man who was shot at an East Boulevard North home that afternoon.
Maricelo Garcia, 21, and Cierra Walks, 19, both of Rapid City, were described as possibly armed and dangerous. According to a news release, police believe they could be driving an early 2000s white Oldsmobile Bravada. The SUV may still have temporary, paper dealer plates.
“If you contact this vehicle or these people, do not approach them. Contact 911 immediately,” Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick said in a Facebook live video posted at 7:45 p.m.
They are wanted for questioning in the shooting of a man at a residence in the 600 block of East Boulevard North. The shooting occurred around 2 p.m. in the doorway of the house, investigators said.
Police and first responders arrived at the scene a short time later and "life-saving measures were attempted,” Hedrick said. “The victim was transported to the hospital, but we learned this evening that the victim passed away from his injuries.”
The man’s name was not released, pending notification of family. Police said the man was hit in the chest by a single bullet from a pistol.
"This was not a random shooting. The victim and suspect knew each other," Police spokesman Brendyn Medina said at the scene Wednesday afternoon.
The house where the shooting occurred was empty when police arrived, Medina said, and it was not immediately clear if the victim lived there.
"Our hearts go out to the victim's family during this tough time,” Hedrick said in the video, “but I can assure you that our detectives and investigators are working tirelessly to hold those responsible accountable.”
This is the seventh homicide case in Rapid City this year, two short of the record-setting homicides in 2015.
This year opened with a killing, in the early hours of Jan. 1, when a man was fatally stabbed in the 300 block of East Adams Street. The attacker, Joseph Rich, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced in July to 10 years in prison.
The five other cases are still being prosecuted, with the most recent involving the death of 31-year-old Cari Cline in July. Police are seeking a manslaughter arrest warrant against her boyfriend, Benjamin Quiver, who is detained at the Pennington County Jail on other charges.