Police believe that a home invasion and attempted robbery is what led to the fatal shooting of 21-year-old man early Tuesday morning at a mobile home in Rapid City.
Thomas Wilson, the 69-year-old homeowner, was beaten with a blunt object before he shot his attacker several times, according to the Rapid City Police Department, which received a call about the shooting at 4:43 a.m.
The alleged intruder has been identified as Dallas Two Bulls, 21, also of Rapid City. Two Bulls died inside Wilson’s mobile home.
Located one block north of East North Street, Riley Court forms the southernmost boundary of Meadowlark Hill Mobile Estates. A well-kept collection of cozy mobile homes lines one side of the street that ends in a cul-de-sac. A commercial storage area is on the other side of the street.
Janice Minshall, who lives two lots from Wilson’s home, said she was woken by sirens just before 5 a.m. Wednesday. She stepped outside briefly at the time and did not learn until two hours later that someone had died at the mobile home.
“There’s never any trouble here,” said Minshall, who has lived on the street for seven years.
Minshall only knows Wilson by sight. He is a quiet man who lives alone with a small dog, she said. His wife died almost four years ago.
“He stays home most of the time,” Minshall said.
A blue Dodge Durango parked under the carport in front of Wilson’s home has a handicapped license plate with a frame identifying the recipient as a Vietnam veteran. A bumper sticker on the vehicle pays tribute to Vietnam prisoners of war and those missing in action.
“There’s nothing here worth your life,” a decal on the Durango’s rear window says.
A tan car was parked next to the curb in front of Wilson’s home. On the sidewalk next to the car were a half-filled tumbler of amber-colored liquid, two liquor bottles and a plastic shopping bag.
“That car doesn’t belong here,” Minshall said. “I’ve never seen it before.”
Minshall’s neighbor, Julie Shauger, has lived on Riley Court for four years. She also said that it’s a peaceful place to live.
“Except for last night,” Shauger said, shrugging. Like Minshall, Shauger only knows Wilson by sight. Her first concern Wednesday was for Wilson’s health.
“Hopefully, he’ll be OK,” she said.
Investigators were still at Wilson’s home when a black SUV pulled up about 10 a.m. Tuesday. In the front passenger’s seat sat a bandaged man wearing a hospital gown.
After talking to the SUV’s occupants, an investigator retrieved portable oxygen bottles and a small bag from the Durango. He handed the items into the SUV before it drove away.
The case remains open, and the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation.