Saturday, November 22, 2014

Four Dead, One Injured In Native American Community

"SISSETON, SD — Around 3:30 a.m. this morning, Sisseton residents heard sirens blare and, later, a helicopter, likely an air ambulance.

"Within hours, the small Roberts County town would be rocked by the news of a shooting that left four people dead and one critically injured.

"The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation said preliminary investigation results identify Colter Richard Arbach, 22, of Sisseton, as the shooter in the morning incident, according to a release from the state Attorney General's office.

"Officials believe Arbach shot the four other people before killing himself. The bodies were found at a home in Sisseton.

"One of the victims, a female, was in stable condition today at a Fargo hospital, according to earlier Associated Press reports.

"By mid-morning, many from Sisseton's Native American community had gathered at the east end of the blocked-off portion of the street, where a green house sits at the corner of Cherry Street and Fourth Avenue East.

"Some residents had been there since the sirens rang, waiting for news and supporting each other.

"Sisseton Police and Roberts County Sheriff's Office vehicles were guarding the two-block section, keeping bystanders back from the scene.

"Nearly half of Sisseton's 2,470 residents in 2010 were American Indian, according to the U.S. Census. Sisseton is on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, which is in the northeast corner of the state near the borders with North Dakota and Minnesota.

"All of the victims and Arbach are believed to be at least part Native American."


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