Updated Monday, 12:35 p.m: Rapid City police now say the man injured Sunday was apparently involved in a fight between two people and no firearms were involved.
Alcohol was a factor in the incident. Several witnesses to the fight were taken to detox,
Nine witnesses and suspects are in police custody after a man suffered a head laceration Sunday afternoon.
Detectives are sorting out the details of the incident, but at 3:38 p.m. officers were called to a common homeless camping spot off of East St. Patrick Street for a victim with a head wound, according to Rapid City Police Sgt. Darren Soucy.
Initially, the laceration was thought to be a gunshot wound, but further medical examination and police investigation eliminated a gun as a possible weapon, Soucy said.
After Rapid City police officers and Pennington County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene, a search for witnesses and suspects began in the grassy hills behind the Thrifty Smoke Shop in the 700 block of East St. Patrick Street, Soucy said. Several people taken into police custody are known to be homeless, according to Soucy.
In addition to the victim's non-life-threatening injuries, another person in custody was also treated for minor injuries, he said.
As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, no arrests had been made in the incident, which is being jointly investigated by the police department and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Soucy said.
The Rapid City Fire Department and Pennington County Search & Rescue assisted law enforcement with the incident.