South Dakota man arrested in Nebraska following argument, shooting

(Rushville, NE) -- A South Dakota man is behind bars in Nebraska following a shooting in Rushville, in northwestern Nebraska.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Wednesday afternoon, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the NSP in response to a shooting at the Rushville Sale Barn. The state patrol says the shooting happened during an argument between two people. After preliminary investigation, the NSP believes that following the verbal altercation, the suspect, identified as 44 year old Gilbert Grooms of Oglala, South Dakota, got a shotgun from his vehicle. Investigators say he then fired in the direction of the victim, identified as 35 year old Charles Winters, of Martin, South Dakota.

Investigators say Winters then retreated to his vehicle, with Grooms firing at the vehicle multiple times, causing Winters to hide behind a trailer. The NSP says Grooms fired again, hitting Winters in the midsection. Winters was flown to Regional West Hospital in Scottsbluff with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Grooms was arrested by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office on charges of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and terroristic threats. The investigation remains ongoing.

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