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Rapid City police respond to two shooting deaths within 12 hours

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The Rapid City Police Department is investigating two shooting deaths that occurred within 12 hours of each other on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning.

According to RCPD spokesman Brendyn Medina, the first incident was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a residence in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive. Police found an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Police were dispatched at 4:15 a.m. Monday to Marquette Drive for a report of multiple individuals who had been shot. When police arrived, Medina said three people had gunshot wounds. Two had non-life threatening wounds, but a man was unresponsive and declared dead by paramedics at the scene.

The names of the two victims are being withheld until their families have been notified.

Medina said police do not believe the shootings are related and that there is no threat to the public. Investigators found drugs and paraphernalia at both residences, he said.

Police Chief Don Hedrick released a statement Monday saying the department is now looking for the suspects.

“Officers and deputies have been working around the clock to investigate these incidents, and we are dedicated to working with the community and our fellow law enforcement partners to ensure we hold the perpetrators of gun violence accountable through the criminal justice system,” Hedrick said.

Police are asking for anyone who might have information on the two shootings to contact the RCPD Criminal Investigations Division at 605-394-4134. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text messaging the letters RCPD and the information to 847411.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is assisting RCPD with the investigations.

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