Police Look for Shooting Suspect, Crime Numbers Down in Sioux Falls Neighborhood

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Sioux Falls Police are still looking for the suspects involved in the city’s latest shooting.

 KELOLAND News has been keeping an eye on this investigation, after officers found 17 shell casings outside an apartment building near the Empire Mall. 

Police say a couple of apartments got hit. Here’s what this latest case means for crime numbers in the area.

There are a few numbers to keep in mind. This case is a weapons violation, and so far, there have been three on the southwest side of Sioux Falls just this year. That’s three more than in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Despite that, police say there’s some good news. However, some neighbors are still being careful. 

When the sun’s out, Kris Henry lives for days outside with her granddaughter and their dog, Sam.

“I walk my dog every day,” Henry said. 

When the sun goes down, Henry stays inside.

“Sometimes at night, you’ll hear things,” Henry said. 

Two nights ago, neighbors at this apartment complex in Southwest Sioux Falls heard at least 17 gunshots. 

“I was shocked. I was shocked it went into one of the bedrooms in a mattress. That was a little too close to home,” Henry said.

“We’re pretty fortunate there were no injuries in that,” Sioux Falls Police Dept. Assistant Chief Galen Smidt said.

So far this year, people have reported 66 crimes in the Valhalla area. That’s just one less than crime here for all of 2017. However, it’s down from 2015 and 2016, when total reported crimes were at 93 for each year. 

“I attribute that to several factors that the community’s involved, they’re watching out for their living space. Contacting us when they see something suspicious,” Smidt said. 

Smidt says when police have a lot of crimes in a specific area, officers will add extra patrol in those neighborhoods. As for Henry’s future days and nights in the neighborhood she’s called home for ten years, she’s not taking any chances. 

“I have been taking gun lessons. Basically what’s been going around the country, in the malls and in the grocery stores, I want to try keep myself safe because I’m a sitting duck,” Henry said. 

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