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Sioux Falls shooting victim was shot in face, received non-life-threating injuries

A 20-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing an assault charge in connection with a shooting in...
A 20-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing an assault charge in connection with a shooting in central Sioux Falls Thursday night.(Dakota News Now)
Published: May. 6, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT|Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 11:10 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A 20-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing an assault charge in connection with a shooting in central Sioux Falls Thursday night.

Sioux Falls Police say the shooting began just before 9 pm near 8th Street and Cleveland Avenue. According to police, the victim, a 29-year-old man, was driving in the area and attempted to make a u-turn to park. Police say another vehicle in the area stopped the victim’s vehicle from moving further.

Police say the shooting suspect and the victim both exited from their vehicles. The suspect pointed a gun at the victim and the victim attempted to get back in his vehicle to leave. Police say that’s when the suspect began shooting, striking the victim’s vehicle more than 10 times, and striking the victim in the face.

Police say the victim’s vehicle reversed and came to a stop in a ditch and the suspect fled the area.

Police say the suspect, 20-year-old Jon Carlos Rivera, turned himself in overnight and was charged with aggravated assault. More charges could come in connection with the shooting. Police say Rivera was riding with at least one other person, the driver, at the time of the shooting.

Jon Carlos Rivera
Jon Carlos Rivera(Dakota News Now)

A resident from a nearby apartment complex had a surveillance camera, capturing the encounter and assisting in the investigation.

Through the investigation, police determined Rivera and the victim knew each other and had past problems. Police say they are still unsure what led to the shooting and that the investigation is continuing.

The victim received non-life-threatening injuries and is still hospitalized.

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