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Shooting suspect charged with first-degree manslaughter
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Shooting suspect charged with first-degree manslaughter

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Nathaniel Gray Eagle

Gray Eagle

The Rapid City man accused of shooting and killing 16-year-old McKenzie Garreaux on Friday is being held without bond at the Pennington County Jail on a charge of first-degree manslaughter. 

Nathaniel C. Gray Eagle, 19, had his initial court appearance Monday morning at the Pennington County Courthouse. He was arrested shortly after the shooting on Friday at a motel in the 600 block of E. North Street.

Garreaux died at a Rapid City hospital after receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the shooting. According to the South Dakota Attorney General's missing persons webpage, Garreaux was reported missing by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 20.

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The shooting was reported Friday morning near north Maple Avenue and Surfwood Drive, which officials said took place inside an apartment complex. 

The shooting call prompted Rapid City Area Schools to place all north side school buildings on secure status, which meant all exterior doors were locked, no one was allowed in or out of the buildings, and students who needed to use the bathroom or anything else in the hallway were escorted by staff.

The probable cause affidavit in the manslaughter case has been sealed by the court. Records show Gray Eagle was previously charged on July 2 for a misdemeanor count of obstruction. He was released July 6 on a personal recognizance bond and then failed to appear back in court on July 16.

Gray Eagle is now being held in the Pennington County Jail on no bond for the first-degree manslaughter charge.

A preliminary hearing for Gray Eagle is scheduled for Sept. 14. 

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