Rapid City police responded Wednesday to the second shooting death of a young man in less than 24 hours in the northeast part of town.
"One homicide is too many, let alone two," Don Hedrick, assistant police chief, said Wednesday at the taped-off crime scene on the 300 block of East Adams Street. "This is a tragedy for our community."
Earlier Wednesday, two 19-year-olds were arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old from Box Elder in Rapid City’s first homicide in 2019. The victim, Emmanuel Hinton, died after being shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Blaine Avenue, which is around seven blocks from Wednesday’s homicide, the second of the year in Rapid City.
It was around 3 p.m. Wednesday when police received a call from a home on East Adams Street. The caller said an unconscious man was in the backyard, Hedrick said. Once medics arrived, they determined the victim had died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Police believe the victim, who they say is around 20 years old, lived at the house but won’t release his name until his family has been notified.
After putting crime-scene tape around the home, police officers and detectives were seen knocking on neighbors' doors to gather more information. The crime-scene tape extended into the backyard, where an ambulance sat.
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Hinton died around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Regional Health, according to police spokesman Brendyn Medina.
Hinton was a passenger in a car that had made contact with two men in an alley when he was shot by a handgun, the press release said. The driver, who reported the shooting, took Hinton to the hospital and the suspects fled on foot.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cole Waters was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to the Pennington County Jail website. Andre Martinez was charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Waters turned himself in Wednesday morning and Martinez was arrested at his home after a brief deployment of the Rapid City-Pennington County Special Response Team, police said.
Police will now determine who owns the handgun and an autopsy will be conducted to determine how many times Hinton was shot, Medina said.
Hedrick said there is no reason to believe at this time that the two homicides are connected.