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Woman injured in Hills shooting; sheriff's office seeks suspects

Lori Sorenson

Local law enforcement officials are investigating a drive-by shooting that was reported in Hills Saturday night.
According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the Bailey Susie residence at 209 Central Lane in Hills around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, for possible shots fired at the residence and possible injuries.
Upon arrival, deputies determined that Savannah Johnson, 18, of Paullina, Iowa, had been shot in the leg, and ambulance personnel tended to her non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told law enforcement they were having a birthday party when later in the evening three male individuals arrived at the invitation of two female guests.
Susie reportedly asked the unknown males to leave and saw them get into a black or charcoal-colored Dodge Dart.
However, the vehicle didn’t leave, and about six shots were fired from inside the car toward the party where people were standing outside in the front yard.
Witnesses described two of the three males as African American and Asian, both about about 6 feet tall, both with hair in dreadlocks or braids. No description was given for the third male, and a fourth person was seen in the vehicle as well.
According to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, there are no suspects in custody and the case remains under investigation with assistance from the Sioux Falls Police Department.
“Law Enforcement believes this to be an isolated incident and the public is not in danger,” he said in a press release posted on Facebook.
 The Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting along with the Hills Fire Department and Rock County Ambulance.
Those with information about the shooting are encouraged to call the Rock County Sheriff's Office at 507-283-5000.

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