Police: Man shot in attempted carjacking in Sioux Falls

Published: Oct. 24, 2016 at 11:18 AM CDT
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Authorities say the man hospitalized in a shooting near the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls was shot while trying to steal someone's car.

Thirty-four-year-old Edward James LeBlanc of Bismarck, N.D. was shot Friday evening, according to Public Information Officer Sam Clemens.

A couple was sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot of the Red Rock Inn on 41st Street when LeBlanc attempted to steal their car. Clemens says LeBlanc forced open one of the doors of the car and hit the 71-year-old driver. However, the driver had a handgun in his pocket, and shot LeBlanc twice.

Police eventually located LeBlanc at a nearby McDonald's. He was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Clemens says the driver, from Bixby, Okla., had a concealed weapon permit and likely will not face any charges. His injuries were not serious.

LeBlanc is still in the hospital. Police will take him into custody when he is released.