- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SISSESTON, S.D. (AP) - Autopsies are being performed on the bodies of four people, authorities said Sunday, after a shooting at a South Dakota home in which authorities say a man killed three people and wounded one before taking his own life.

The body of the suspected shooter, 22-year-old Colter Richard Arbach of Sisseton, was found among the dead after authorities initially thought he may have fled.

The Division of Criminal Investigation said interviews continue and the South Dakota Crime Lab is working on performing ballistic tests and a reconstruction of the shooting.

Dan Shinerock told KSFY-TV that he woke up to the gunshots around 3 AM.

“You’d expect you’d hear somebody screaming, but there was only that woman whimpering. The only sound was that woman whimpering and it was a hopeless whimper, it wasn’t a cry for help,” he told the station.

A Sisseton hospital official said a woman wounded in the attack was flown to a Fargo, North Dakota, hospital. Her condition was not available Sunday.

Names of the victims are expected to be released Monday.

William Ryan of Sisseton tells the Argus Leader he was friends with Arbach, and that the two had met while working at the Dakota Magic Casino and Resort near the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

“This is a nightmare of a situation, but he was no monster,” Ryan told the newspaper. “His choice and actions were wrong, but … it wasn’t the Colter I grew to know and was loved by many. He will be missed by me and many others, along with the victims that were my friends, as well. My heart is heavy for all of them.”

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