WILLISTON, N.D -- A 21-year-old who police said was a person of interest in a Tuesday morning shooting that injured two people was found dead, according to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.
The body of Jonah Hendricks, 21, of Williston was found inside an apartment in the Dakota Ridge Apartment complex on U.S. Highway 85 north of Williston Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from Williams County Sheriff Verlan Kvande. Hendricks died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff’s office was serving a search warrant in connection with a shooting that happened in Williston shortly after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Police got a call saying the driver of a car had been shot near the intersection of Box Elder Street and the West Bypass. When police and EMTs arrived they found a woman who had been shot and determined that another person had been shot and fled the scene.
The woman, who had been driving the car, was taken to CHI St. Alexius in Williston with non-life threatening injuries and was later flown to another hospital. Police declined to say where she was taken.
Officers from several law enforcement agencies spent part of Tuesday morning searching for the injured man in residential neighborhoods near 26th Street West. He was found around 10:45 a.m. at an apartment building near the intersection of 11th Avenue West and 24th Street West, according to police.
He was taken to CHI St. Alexius for treatment for a suspected gunshot wound to the leg.
Police said they believe the shooting was targeted, but have not released a motive, nor why Hendricks was considered a person of interest.
Hendricks’ body is being taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Bismarck for an autopsy, according to the sheriff’s office.
An update on the condition of the two people who were shot was not available Tuesday evening.